Mynaric Chosen for Phase 2 of DARPA Space-BACN Program

Mynaric, an optical communications company, has announced its participation in Phase 2 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Space-BACN program. This comes after Mynaric’s involvement in Phase 0 and Phase 1 of the program.

The Space-BACN program, initiated by the U.S. Department of Defense, aims to promote interoperable technologies that facilitate seamless communication between government and commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.

During Phase 0 and Phase 1, Mynaric successfully designed and developed a benchtop model of an advanced optical communications terminal. Now, as part of the 20-month Phase 2 program, Mynaric will focus on building a scalable and reconfigurable optical communications terminal.

Joachim Horwath, Chief Technology Officer of Mynaric, expressed the company’s commitment to manufacturability and the core objectives of the Space-BACN program. He stated,

“Our team is ready to build on the progress of the initial phases to develop an optical terminal that is scalable and interoperable without compromising its performance.”

In addition to Mynaric, Mybronics is also involved in the Space-BACN Phase 2 program, working on the development of an optical communications terminal.

This collaboration between Mynaric and DARPA highlights the importance of advancing optical communications technology for enhanced satellite connectivity in both government and commercial sectors.