US SDA: 2 independent reviews of on-ground optical-terminal testing give confidence in performance in orbit

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) will not necessarily make public the results of tests of optical communications terminal providers whose terminals are gradually being added to SDA’s fast-increasing constellation of missile-defense and communications-relay satellites.

While that could make it more difficult for commercial satellite constellation owners to get the different providers, the SDA has concluded that tests results, obtained during multiple iterations of SDA’s technical standards, could contain commercially protected or proprietary data the agency cannot release.

In a written response to Space Intel Report queries . . .

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