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Xenesis and ATLAS partner to develop global optical network
by Staff Writers
Lisle, US (SPX) Jan 17, 2018

On-orbit testing of the Intercessor constellation will start in 2020 with the first set of payloads, and will scale up exponentially from there. Xenesis currently has over $10M in backlog for it's space-based optical terminal, the Xen-Hub (pictured), and will begin servicing customers in late 2018.

ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. and Xenesis, Inc. have announced a partnership to develop a state-of-the-art global optical communications network, designed for high data flow from space. This partnership marks the first of three phases to deploy the global, optical framework aimed at opening the market to scalable, inexpensive and near-limitless communications.

"We are excited to begin the development of this revolutionizing system. When on-orbit operations begin, we will have the capability to move petabytes of data for our clients.", Said Sean McDaniel, CEO of ATLAS.

"This is huge. We are already seeing increased interest in optical communications and are predicting an inevitable shift in the market. We're excited to be on the forefront with Xenesis.

Mark LaPenna, CEO of Xenesis said, "Our partnership with ATLAS proves our commitment to developing a robust and fully integrated ground segment to address the increasing demand for low-cost and abundant communications infrastructure as we look to the future".

ATLAS will begin construction of the optical ground system in the first half of 2018. Construction of the cutting edge network will take several years to fully complete. The development of this network is in support of the Xenesis Intercessor satellite constellation, which is primed to be the first fully scalable, optical communications architecture ever deployed.

On-orbit testing of the Intercessor constellation will start in 2020 with the first set of payloads, and will scale up exponentially from there. Xenesis currently has over $10M in backlog for it's space-based optical terminal, the Xen-Hub, and will begin servicing customers in late 2018.

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