US Space Systems Command starts 34-month program to develop small laser optical terminals for 80,000-km links

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The U.S. Space Systems Command (SSC) award of four contracts — to Blue Origin, CACI International, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (working with L3 Harris and Advanced Space) and Viasat — for development of laser-communications terminals for long-range communications widens the U.S. government push to make laser links a key to future space-to-space and space-to-ground communications.

SSC kicked off its $100-million Enterprise Space Terminal (EST) program on June . . .

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