Mynaric selected as ‘strategic supplier’ of space laser communications by Northrop Grumman

Mynaric selected as ‘strategic supplier’ of space laser communications by Northrop Grumman

Grand announcement by Mynaric

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Northrop Grumman picked Mynaric, a laser communications equipment maker, as a strategic supplier on Nov. 1.

For Mynaric, based in Germany, the cooperation with leading Pentagon contractor Northrop Grumman is significant. The firm has been expanding its presence in the United States, particularly in the government and defence industries.

In a statement, Mynaric CEO Bulent Altan said, “The US government is driving the deployment of laser communication capabilities in space.”

Northrop Grumman will have “guaranteed and preferred access” to Mynaric products and services, according to the business. They can also estimate and allow Northrop Grumman to purchase at least $35 million in equipment over a five-year period.

The Selection Process

In a competitive bidding process, Northrop Grumman chose Mynaric. Mynaric said it filed proposals for a number of Northrop Grumman government space programmes “with a combined value in the mid-double digit millions.”

Northrop Grumman plans to “kick-start the new collaboration” by buying CONDOR Mk3 optical communications terminals for satellites, according to Mynaric. It will be capable of transmitting data at speeds ranging from 100 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second.

According to the company, Mynaric and Northrop Grumman will collaborate to develop and offer laser communication technologies for US government space missions. “For this market niche, Mynaric will solely manufacture and sell unique products to Northrop Grumman.”

Laser communication is becoming a strategic must-have, according to Robert Fleming, vice president of strategy and commercial development at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. As the demand for secure space-based communications develops, it is critical for a variety of government initiatives.

Mynaric manufactures laser communications terminals for platforms in the air, space, ground, maritime, and undersea. However, the business stated that its “near-term priority is on the space sector for the US government’s needs and objectives.”

Recent strategies by Mynaric

Mynaric has been increasing its footprint in the United States over the last year, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Mynaric already has a foot in the door in the US military industry, as Telesat chose its optical terminals for satellites. The Blackjack program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will see it fly.

The company constructed a new manufacturing plant near Munich, Germany, this summer to focus on laser communication technology for the aerospace industry. Mynaric is a German publicly traded firm that filed a registration statement last month. This statement is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States for a proposed initial public offering that will be traded publicly in the United States.

Hans Koenigsmann, a former SpaceX executive, was recently appointed to Mynaric’s supervisory board, which is the company’s equivalent of a board of directors.

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