Company is Developing Commercial 5G NTN Connectivity Solutionsthat Government & Military Users Can Leverage
TYSONS, VA. – March 15, 2021 – Omnispace, the company that is redefining mobile communications by building a global hybrid network, today announced the successful demonstration of 5G satellite capability with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), along with the Navy and Marine Corps. Omnispace was selected by NSIN in 2020 to pilot its technology in connection with Verizon’s new 5G “Living Lab.”
Last week, Omnispace successfully tested an initial 5G-via-satellite capability in a LinQuest lab demonstration for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. A number of commercial-off-the-shelf 5G devices successfully communicated voice and data services via an emulated 5G radio access network (RAN), to Omnispace’s on-orbit satellite, leveraging LinQuest Corporation’s lab facility in Northern Virginia.
“Omnispace is honored to have been selected to work with the U.S. Navy and Marines to demonstrate 5G capability from space,” said Campbell Marshall, Vice President, Government and International Markets, Omnispace LLC. “The development of standards-based 5G non-terrestrial network (NTN) technology powered by Omnispace’s S-band spectrum will allow small tactical 5G devices to communicate directly and seamlessly with 5G-capable satellites and terrestrial networks, giving our warfighters ubiquitous global connectivity and true comms-on-the-move.”
“5G will be a critical technology for our military operations in the very near future, and those operations aren’t limited to dense urban environments where most 5G infrastructure is being deployed,” said Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Newell, Director, SoCal Tech Bridge, Naval X, a driving force behind some of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) 5G initiatives. “Truly global, mobile 5G connectivity in aero, maritime and remote areas will be essential across a broad spectrum of our government and military operations.”
Omnispace is continuing the development of a global hybrid 5G communications network based on 3GPP standards, which will the ensure security and interoperability of devices all over the world for a wide array of enterprise and government customers.
The company plans to make its direct-to-satellite 5G NTN connectivity solutions available through its ‘one global network,’ which will utilize the company’s existing 2 GHz priority spectrum rights. Initial elements of the Omnispace network will enter into service in 2022.
Headquartered in the Washington D.C. area, and founded by veteran telecommunications and satellite industry executives, Omnispace is redefining mobile connectivity for the 21st century. By leveraging 5G technologies, the company is combining the global footprint of a non-geostationary satellite constellation with the mobile networks of the world’s leading telecom companies to bring an interoperable “one network” connectivity to users and IoT devices anywhere on the globe.
Toulouse, France, 24 September 2020 – ANYWAVES, the only European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer for satellite constellations, has just been selected by Thales Alenia Space, the prime contractor developing OMNISPACE’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. ANYWAVES will deliver payload user antennas that will be embedded into the initial set of two satellites that Thales has been contracted to build.
The satellites will serve to advance the development and implementation of the first global hybrid communications network, which Omnispace will operate in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO).
Thales Alenia Space selected ANYWAVES antenna solution for the OMNISPACE project based upon its expertise in deploying commercially available antennas (S-band, X-band and GNSS all-bands antennas), as well as its industrial expertise in payload antenna design. The Omnispace satellite constellation will support 3GPP-defined standards and operate in the S-band.
The ANYWAVES payload antennas will be integrated into a NanoAvionics platform, and will be delivered by the second trimester of 2021. The small form factor of the payload antennas are optimized to support Omnispace’s unique mission of delivering satellite-based IoT communications direct to the device.
According to Pascal Dagras, ANYWAVES CPO, “This contract highlights our capacity to develop tailored antennas to meet the market’s needs. Being selected by an industrial player such as Thales Alenia Space is a great recognition of our know-how. ”
Julie Ruhlmann, OMNISPACE Program Manager at Thales Alenia Space comments: “ANYWAVES’ capacity to design customized antennas perfectly suited to our needs is the reason why we selected them to work alongside with us on this project. ”
This selection by Thales Alenia Space demonstrates ANYWAVES’ ability to quickly deliver reliable and competitive products for its clients’ payloads. It will also offer to this European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer a flight heritage regarding the satellite IoT market.
Vilnius, Lithuania, 18 June 2020 – Mission integrator NanoAvionics was contracted by Thales Alenia Space to build the initial two satellite buses for Omnispace’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. NanoAvionics’ two satellite buses will host the payload which is being developed by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, in partnership with Syrlinks.
flight-proven performance, lower cost NanoAvionics’ M12P satellite buses are
optimised for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Omnispace is
reinventing mobile communications by delivering the world’s first global hybrid
5G non-terrestrial network based on 3GPP standards. These initial satellites, for
operation in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO), will support the development and
implementation of Omnispace’s global hybrid network.
addition to the satellite buses, NanoAvionics will provide launch support and
in-orbit operations. The launch of these first two satellites of the Omnispace
constellation is scheduled for 2021.
contract with Thales Alenia Space follows a recent co-operation agreement
between NanoAvionics and Thales Alenia Space France. Both companies agreed to
work together delivering a ‘high technology space asset’ as well as preparing
and submitting technical solutions for nanosatellites.
Alenia Space is one of the most reputable satellite manufacturers in the world.
Being selected for the initial deployment of the Omnispace constellation is a
testimony to the continued demand and trust in NanoAvionics’ satellite
buses,” said Vytenis J. Buzas, co-founder and CEO of NanoAvionics. “We’re
proud to be part of this innovative project, which is a tremendous opportunity
for NanoAvionics to demonstrate that our first-rate products meet Thales Alenia
Space’s and the other partners’ high standards.”
to our standardised bus design and industrial approach 80 percent of the
satellite bus can remain the same, allowing customers to make immense cost and
lead time savings, while widening the range and capabilities of the
optimised satellite buses have been used successfully for previous test
missions. In 2019, Blink Astro hosted its custom radio receiver on a
NanoAvionics’ M6P 6U spacecraft for a technology demonstration to connect it
with their AgriBlinkR ground terminal devices as part of the future BlinkSat
constellation. In the same year, NanoAvionics also integrated LoRa-based Space
Gateway by UK satellite communications provider Lacuna Space into its M6P
nanosatellite bus and provided additional in-orbit testing and launch services.
Syrlinks has been selected by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space to collaborate in the construction of the first two satellites for the Omnispace’s low earth orbit constellation. Syrlinks, which develops radiocommunication systems for space and defense, will contribute to this project by manufacturing the S-band instruments of the payloads integrated in the first two satellites of the Omnispace constellation. This first set of non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites, scheduled for a launch in 2021, will help to establish the design, capability and capacity of the future Omnispace constellation.
Omnispace is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a Phase II contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The company was given the award during the U.S. Air Force Space Pitch Day event, held in November in San Francisco.
The Phase II SBIR contract is focused on “Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/ Solutions with a Clear Air Force Stakeholder Need.” This contract follows on an initial Phase I SBIR contract awarded in Fall 2019, and Omnispace’s selection and participation in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Catalyst Accelerator program in early 2019.
The Space Pitch Day is part of a new U.S. Air Force initiative designed to inspire and accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to U.S. warfighters. Led by Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the program encourages the USAF to increase its “time to market,” speed and efficiency when acquiring and awarding government contracts.
Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, which sponsored the Space Pitch Day, has repeatedly called for the evolution of space and ground systems towards a more flexible, interoperable and agile enterprise communications architecture.
“Our government and military users expect consistent, reliable communications, without borders, without boundaries and without compromise,” said Campbell Marshall, Omnispace, Vice President, Government Programs “We’re pleased to be selected to work with the Air Force to be part of the solution by developing a more interoperable and flexible communications capability for our fighting forces. It is important to us that our men and women in uniform can spend less time worrying about their comms, and more time focused on achieving their missions.”
Omnispace will leverage the Phase II SBIR funding to further develop and field test its commercial technology while ensuring that its powerful new system can enable Air Force and other Services’ missions.
Omnispace today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
The Phase 1 SBIR contract is focused on “Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/ Solutions with a Clear Air Force Stakeholder Need.” The award follows Omnispace’s selection and participation in AFRL’s Catalyst Accelerator program in March 2019 focused on “Resilient Commercial Space Communications.”
The “special topic” Air Force SBIR awards program, developed in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) and AFWERX, operates as a seed funding mechanism of the U.S. Government. The program is increasing the efficiency and speed with which the military and innovative small businesses can put cutting edge technology into the hands of warfighters. It is led by Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
Communications and connectivity are critical for military users. Lt.
Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center, has repeatedly called for the evolution of space and
ground systems towards a more flexible, interoperable and agile enterprise
communications architecture. Omnispace’s hybrid communications system enables seamless
transitions between urban, rural and maritime domains – overcoming
the need for multiple devices on multiple networks. The company fuses
the reach of satellite with the power of cellular to harness its
unique and robust 2GHz spectrum, bringing interoperable “one
network” connectivity to users and IoT devices anywhere on the globe.
Omnispace will leverage the SBIR funding to
further develop its commercial technology while ensuring that its powerful new
system can further enable Air Force and other services’ missions.
Omnispace is pleased to announce its selection to participate in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Catalyst Space Accelerator program.
The semi-residential, 12-week, cohort-based program in Colorado Springs is focused on Resilient Commercial Space Communications and is hosted by AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate. In addition to seed investment by Space Capital Colorado, the program includes access to an extensive network of academia, aerospace industry, government entities, entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, and venture capitalists from within the Catalyst Campus’ collaborative ecosystem.