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Space Superiority

BlueHalo provides advanced solutions, technologies, and effects across space and ground-based systems for situational awareness, communications, command and control, and warfare operations while degrading adversarial capabilities.

Space Superiority Overview

Space Effects • Counter Space • Command & Control (C2) • Space Technologies • Situational Domain Awareness

Space Superiority Mission

BlueHalo provides a range of key solutions, services, and capabilities to achieve our mission of space superiority.

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Space Superiority Solutions

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Space Effects and Technologies

BlueHalo offers space optical communications solutions and products for national security, civil space, and commercial markets. Our offerings provide high-bandwidth, high-security solutions that overcome spectrum allocation issues and provide 100 to 1,000X increased bandwidth over RF communications systems.

BlueHalo’s key technologies include advanced platform stabilization subsystems, innovative tracking and pointing subsystems, real-time controls algorithms and firmware, compact, athermal optical designs, and unique isolation subsystems. BlueHalo also delivers multi-band, multi-mission antenna systems that enable effects for Telemetry and Satellite Communications (SATCOM).

Laser Communications Stable Platforms

Laser Communications Stable Platforms

BlueHalo’s space-qualified stable platforms leverage a long heritage of Optical Inertial Reference Unit (OIRU) technology advances and multiple U.S. patents, and utilize our space-qualified Angular Rate Sensors (ARSs) and Actuators. We have delivered 16 space-qualified GEO laser communications stable platform units to a government customer and two space-qualified stable platforms to NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) program.

Laser Communications Cross Link (LCXL)

Laser Communications Cross Link (LCXL)

LCXL is a compact, dual aperture, laser communications system comprised of multiple subsystems (Gimbal, Modem, Back-end Optical Assemblies (BOA), etc.) that can be packaged into a single terminal or distributed across the host bus as needed. This system acts as a data pipeline communications and telemetry information provided by the host system. BlueHalo’s LCXL integrates advanced line-of-sight stabilization and tracking and pointing technologies with space-qualified laser and detector technologies into a compact package. The laser communications system also provides precise timing and positional information for distribution across a satellite constellation. Our advanced two-way time transfer (TWTT) technologies integrated with our Laser Communications Terminals, can provide the precise timing information necessary in a GPS-denied environment.

CubeSat Laser Communications

CubeSat Laser Communications

BlueHalo has developed a CubeSat Laser Communications system to enable low-probability-of-intercept/low-probability-of-detection (LPI/LPD) data transfers to and from deployed assets in areas where radio frequency (RF) communications may be undesired or denied. This system adapted high photon efficiency optical communications techniques to achieve data transfer rates up to 100 mega-bits per second (Mbps) with the small apertures required for CubeSats. The system uses commercially available components along with precision pointing mechanisms and electronics developed by BlueHalo for commercial space applications, resulting in a reliable, low-cost system that can be rapidly demonstrated and deployed.

Additional Laser Comm Solutions

Additional Space Qualified Solutions

Additional solutions in BlueHalo’s Laser Communications portfolio include space-qualified Latch and Gimbal Assemblies (LGAs) and an advanced Optical Isolation System for NASA’s LEMNOS program, GEO-to-ground laser communications optical modules, and space-qualified high bandwidth Fast Steering Mirrors (FSMs) and electronics, and Angular Rate Sensors (ARS) and multi-axis ARS Dynapak.

WASP

Wide Area Scanning Parabolic (WASP) for SatCom

BlueHalo’s Wide Area Scanning Parabolic (WASP) utilizes digital beamforming techniques to provide multiple tracking beams across multiple bands on a single parabolic reflector. This solution is an LSC-band coverage, high efficiency, low cost solution for multi-target tracking, telemetry, and control missions. The WASP development effort includes system modeling, brassboard development, demonstration and field experiments at a TRL-5 level.

Our Multi-band Software Defined Antenna (MSDA), used in our SatCom solutions, enables two-way communications between multiple spatial, spectral, and temporal diverse targets. It is an LSC-band in-tile beamformer with 12+ targets, half-duplex receive/transmit (Rx/Tx) channels, and ±60 degree scan volumes in Azimuth and Elevation. The MSDA architecture is extensible across multiple mission areas.

BADGER

Multi-Band, Deployable Ground Communications (BADGER) for SatCom

The Multi-Band, Deployable Ground Terminal Enabling Resilient Communications (BADGER) system provides a modular and deployable large form factor phased array solution to complex SATCOM, telemetry, and electronic warfare missions. It is a LSC-band, 164 MSDA tile phased array with a 2 kW equivalent spatial distributed high power amplifier (HPA) that is installed on a deployable 20-foot ISO container. BADGER is an extension on the MSDA core development.

Our Multi-band Software Defined Antenna (MSDA), used in our SatCom solutions, enables two-way communications between multiple spatial, spectral, and temporal diverse targets. It is an LSC-band in-tile beamformer with 12+ targets, half-duplex receive/transmit (Rx/Tx) channels, and ±60 degree scan volumes in Azimuth and Elevation. The MSDA architecture is extensible across multiple mission areas.

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