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Rivada, Artel link for US military contract

September 29, 2023

By Chris Forrester

Virginia-based Artel, a provider of secure network communication services to US government agencies, has been awarded a contract from the US Space Force and is partnering with Rivada Space Networks to provide the next generation network critical to support US Government communications.

Artel is a carrier-agnostic network integrator – which it says allows it to develop customised solutions for its customers, providing cost-effective, on-time delivery of global terrestrial and satellite network communication services, cyber security, risk management, and information technology solutions.

Artel is already using first generation LEO constellations to deliver secure communications for government communications and the company will now work with Rivada Space Networks to ensure the latest innovation in secure space architecture is available for mission critical connectivity on a global scale.

Rivada’s upcoming network of 600 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, the ‘OuterNET, is a next-generation architecture combing inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard processing that provide unique routing and switching capabilities to create an optical mesh network in space. This approach to ‘orbital networking’, in which data stays in space from origin to destination, creates an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole coverage, offering end-to-end latencies much lower than terrestrial fibre over similar long distances. The first Rivada satellite launch is set for 2025, with global service starting in 2026.

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