Empower Space Alliance

Empower Space Alliance plans to redefine data transport with volume-based pricing

Three companies offering optical communications solutions for space platforms have teamed up to form the Empower Space Alliance. Xenesis, Atlas Space Operations, and Laser Light Communications will together provide standardized, interoperable space-to-ground direct optical data distribution services to customer locations worldwide, serving LEO, MEO, GEO and future cislunar and deep space markets. The Alliance will offer Xenesis-built licensable optical units ranging from 10-100 Gbps, depending on the customer needs, for

Aerospace Corp laser delivers 50x increase in data rates to cubesats

Aerospace Corporation announced a successful test of the first space-to-ground laser communications system for cubesats. The test was the second half of the two-part Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) mission. Two 1.5U cubesats in low Earth orbit (LEO) carrying the laser communication system successfully transmitted data at 100 Mbps, which is about 50 times faster than radio-based communication systems used for smaller spacecraft. [caption id="attachment_1747" align="alignleft" width="335"] One of