SpaceLink has named Axiom Space as its Implementation Partner for demonstration of its end-to-end communications relay service on the International Space Station.
SpaceLink completed an agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory, last year, and signed its subcontract with Axiom last week, making Axiom the liaison to ensure that all interfaces and system requirements meet NASA standards.
The SpaceLink demonstration will validate the use of a 10 Gigabit per second optical terminal for real-time voice, video, and data relay for ISS crew, onboard systems, and experiments. Last August, SpaceLink announced that it was selected by CASIS for a demonstration on the ISS under an agreement that is now fully executed.
“Team members who bring years of ISS experience to Axiom have made Axiom the ideal partner for our demonstration," David Bettinger, SpaceLink CEO, said. “As with many developments that begin with government support, commercial space stations and the networks that serve them are the future. It is an honor to work with the ISS National Laboratory and Axiom to further this important transition.”
As Implementation Partner, Axiom will leverage its expertise in working with NASA and the ISS National Laboratory to support mission integration, launch, and operations for the SpaceLink payload. Axiom will support SpaceLink as a liaison with NASA and will lead safety reviews to ensure SpaceLink hardware meets the requirements for the ISS.
The SpaceLink relay network is designed to pick up where NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) leaves off and go beyond with unprecedented capability that leverages the latest technology advances in optical communications.
“High-speed communication will be a critical component for the future where people live and work in space,” Axiom President and CEO Michael Suffredini, said. “Axiom looks forward to collaborating with SpaceLink and supporting its relay network, beginning with this important demonstration on the ISS.“