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March 6th, 2018

Laser-Based Ground Network for LEO/GEO Satellites Opened by BridgeSat

BridgeSat has opened their network operations center (NOC) which, according to the company, is the world’s first for free-space optical communications.

The opening is an industry milestone toward revolutionizing global communications with a laser-based ground network for LEO and GEO satellites that’s faster and less expensive than traditional radio frequency (RF) solutions. Located in Denver, the new BridgeSat NOC provides monitoring, management and control for all operational functions, including the optical ground station (OGS) network and customer payload repository.

The facility also performs 24/7/365 all weather optical mission planning that generates validated, de-conflicted, optimized contact schedules for the BridgeSat OGS network to meet customer daily data downlink requirements.Contact scheduling and data transfer monitoring is fully automated and accounts for dynamically changing site weather conditions, bandwidth availability, updated customer requirements, site status, mission priorities, and the latest customer satellite orbit data.

Additionally, the NOC...

  • Supports system performance monitoring to ensure that the system continually meets customer requirements and expectations.
  • Supervises the backup sites that help ensure reliability for mission-critical communications.
  • Implements the latest in cloud storage methodologies and secure high speed transfer of Customer’s satellite data.
  • Supports incident reporting and resolution, such as service desk inquires and trouble tickets.


Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat CEO, stated that with the opening of the world’s first NOC for laser satellite communications, BridgeSat has once again delivered an innovation that will help revolutionize satellite system architectures. This is a milestone for businesses and government agencies that want a new satellite communications option, and it shows that for BridgeSat, ‘Space 2.0’ isn’t just marketing hype.