World’s First Network Operations Center for Laser Satellite Communications Launched

Posted Mar 12, 2018 by Prerit Tomar

BridgeSat has introduced a new network operations center (NOC), 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 low earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary earth orbit (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
  • 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.