Intelsat, Aalyria Sign Deal to Advance Multi-Orbit Connectivity

MCLEAN, Va. ~ Today, Intelsat, a leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC) and operator of one of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Livermore, California-based Aalyria. This MoU includes financial commitments to advance the development of a new optical technology that will transfer record amounts of data between ground and space.

Bruno Fromont, Intelsat Chief Technology Officer, said that Aalyria's groundbreaking technologies give them the opportunity to pursue highly-secure connectivity at unprecedented speeds. He added that this collaboration will enable enhanced mobile broadband connections and represents another step forward towards their Next Generation Unifying Network vision enabled by software-defined networking, 5G and multi-orbit operations.

The MoU creates a framework for the two companies to cooperatively deploy Aalyria's technologies. This software and hardware platform can orchestrate bi-directional optical ground and space connectivity for satellites at speeds of hundreds of gigabits per second. These technologies will offer secure and ultra-fast ground-space connectivity for government and commercial customers when operational in 2024. It will also deliver massive data files in real time as well as back up networks which are running short of capacity or compromised.

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Chris Taylor, CEO of Aalyria, said that this collaboration will do for space-based connectivity what the transition from copper to fiber optics did for terrestrial connectivity. He added that Aalyria's new multi-orbit network-as-a-service is set to make history by offering secure all-optical, hundreds-of-gigabits-per-second connectivity with an eye toward multi-terabit connectivity for a diverse range of platforms and environments including spacecraft, aircraft, maritime, and remote field operations.

Intelsat's industry leadership combined with Aalyria's visionary technology is reshaping what is possible in terms of space communications and creating a fundamental capability to lead and enable a vibrant new space economy.
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