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06:38 PM, April 10, 2019
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Laser Space Communications (Image: NASA)

General Atomics and Tesat-Spacecom GmbH& Co. KG, Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to jointly develop a certified Space-based Laser Communication Terminals (SB-LCT) to support US defense and intelligence applications.

The companies will focus on developing solutions that enable secure, reliable on-orbit laser communications to meet specific government mission requirements.

“Free Space Optical communications, more commonly called Lasercomm, are quickly evolving as a more affordable way to increase communication capabilities without the traditional limitations of RF [radio frequency] systems,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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