BridgeSat’s Laser Satellite Terminals and Ground Services Connect ICEYE’s Next-Gen Microsatellite Constellation
May 21, 2018
Denver (May 21, 2018)— BridgeSat announced today a set of agreements to provide space laser terminals and data services to ICEYE, the world’s first commercial microsatellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) constellation. BridgeSat’s innovative, low-cost terminals and associated ground services give businesses and government agencies a faster, less expensive alternative to traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions for low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) applications.
ICEYE provides turnkey data delivery and analytics services for commercial and government applications worldwide, including global disaster response, agricultural management, city planning, maritime port traffic management and forest management. It’s the first organization in the world to successfully deploy SAR satellites with a launch mass under 100 kg.
BridgeSat will provide ICEYE its Compact Laser Comms Terminals (CLCT), which provide up to 10 Gbps LEO downlinks in a compact form factor that weighs less than 2 kg. BridgeSat will also provide ground services through BridgeSat’s free-space optical network.
“Pioneers seek out other pioneers to change the world,” said Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat CEO. “We’re the first to commercialize laser-based free space optical communication and associated ground services, which are an ideal match for ICEYE, the world’s first commercial microsatellite synthetic aperture radar constellation.”
“By leveraging next-gen satellite technology, ICEYE is giving commercial and government users affordable new options for making informed decisions,” said Rafal Modrzewski, ICEYE CEO. “BridgeSat’s compact, low-cost, high-speed space laser communicaitons terminals and ground services are key for achieving our goal of democratizing access to earth observation data.”
BridgeSat is enabling future space missions using optical communications solutions through a global network of ground stations and complementary satellite terminals. These systems enable high bandwidth solutions for unique applications and complement RF in hybrid networks. BridgeSat has further developed applications for LEO and GEO satellite systems. More information can be found at: www.bridgesatinc.com.Space 2.0 Pioneer BridgeSat’s Leadership Expansion Promotes Company’s Growth and Development
Denver, CO, (August 7, 2018)– BridgeSat, Inc. (BridgeSat) announced today the formation of an Advisory Board to assist in its mission of expanding use of optical communication to meet the increasing demands of satellite technology. The diversely experienced Advisory Board will oversee matters related to BridgeSat’s growth and development as well as identify and capitalize on industry trends that emerge and impact the satellite sphere.
The initial appointments are Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF, Ret., Douglas Loverro, DASD Space Policy, Ret., Sandra Magnus, PhD, Astronaut, Ret., and William Parker, DOS, Ret.
Gen. David Deptula, Ret. served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 34 years of distinguished service. His last tour was as the Air Force’s first Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. He was the principal planner of the Desert Storm air campaign; commander of no-fly-zone operations in the late 1990s; director of the air campaign over Afghanistan in 2001; twice a joint task force commander; and the standing air component commander for Pacific Command in 2006.
“I am honored to be a part of the formation of BridgeSat’s Advisory Board,” said Deptula. “I look forward to bringing my experience in aerospace strategic development to navigate BridgeSat’s growth.”
Douglas Loverro served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, retiring in 2017. Before this, Loverro served as Executive Director for Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center. His aerospace development accomplishments include inventing the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser and initiating the Department of Defense’s Global Broadcast service.
“BridgeSat is changing the way satellites will operate in the future, and I’m excited to offer my input and insight to such a forward-thinking company,” stated Loverro.
Sandra Magnus took flight with the crew of STS-119 Discover, returning to Earth in March of 2009 after 134 days in orbit. Magnus was also an engineer designing stealth aircraft for the Navy.
“I’ve had some incredible experiences in outer space, and I’m glad to be able to help BridgeSat from the ground,” said Magnus. “This company is truly promoting the growth of satellite communications, and I look forward to guiding the future of space with this team.”
William Parker served for 31 years with the Department of State, ranking as Minister-Counselor, equivalent of Major General. He specialized in foreign services, accumulating a plethora of critical national security initiatives worldwide.
“The members of this Advisory Board, as well as the BridgeSat team are incredibly accomplished,” stated Parker. “I can’t wait to learn from the team and put our minds together for some of the most exciting innovations in space.”
CEO of BridgeSat, Barry Matsumori, stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to work with the Advisory Board we’ve assembled at BridgeSat. These four individuals have long lists of accomplishments proving their knowledge, expertiseand innovation in space technology and beyond. I look forward to their close involvement in the next phases of BridgeSat’s growth.”
BridgeSat is enabling the future of space using optical communications solutions through a global network of ground stations and space terminals. These systems will enable high bandwidth solutions for unique applications as well as complement RF in hybrid networks. BridgeSat has further developed applications for LEO and GEO satellite systems.