Common Atomics Aeronautical Techniques, Inc. (GA-ASI) efficiently accomplished an air-to-air laser communication hyperlink between GA-ASI’s Laser Airborne Communication (LAC) terminals built-in onto two company-owned King Air plane. Laser communication is fascinating for army purposes due to its Low Chance of Intercept/Low Chance of Detection (LPI/LPD) and anti-jam functionality that may assist a lot greater knowledge charges than radio frequency techniques. The plane flew out of Montgomery Area in Kearney Mesa, Calif. on Sept. 26, 2022, and carried out the check in segregated airspace close to Yuma, Ariz. Through the flight check, the crew maintained a hyperlink at 1.0 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and exchanged knowledge, together with real-time navigation, video, and voice knowledge.

“This air-to-air demonstration was a serious success and marks a crucial milestone for GA-ASI’s Lasercom improvement crew,” stated GA-ASI Vice President of Mission Payloads & Exploitation, Satish Krishnan. “The success of this flight will pave the best way for extra alternatives to exhibit crosslinks from plane to different platforms, together with unmanned plane, maritime vessels, and area techniques.”


GA-ASI has developed a household of optical communication capabilities and can play an necessary function in transitioning these capabilities to customers in quite a lot of domains, from air to sea. GA-ASI expects that laser communications will allow Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA) produced by the corporate to carry out beyond-line-of-sight communications for airborne, maritime, and floor customers who additionally use optical communications, in addition to with future air-to-space optical communication purposes. This functionality will be utilized as a podded answer to GA-ASI’s full line of unmanned plane, together with MQ-9B SkyGuardian®/SeaGuardian®, MQ-9A Reaper and MQ-1C Grey Eagle 25M.