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The NASA Communication Services Project partnership will develop and demonstrate next-generation space relay services for NASA’s near-Earth missions, creating a potential path to future use of the Telesat Lightspeed network.

ARLINGTON, Va., May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Telesat Government Solutionsa wholly owned subsidiary of Telesat (Nasdaq and TSX: TSAT), today announced a US$30.65 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded agreement as its Communications Services Project (CSP) partner. As NASA plans to decommission its owned and operated Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRS) in the coming years, the agency’s CSP will assess the feasibility of commercial SATCOM networks to sustainably support future near-Earth missions reliably.

Under the agreement, Telesat Government Solutions will demonstrate Telesat Lightspeed’s future space-to-space relay capabilities. As part of this initiative, Telesat Government Solutions intends to partner with Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) (Planet) to develop a space-based RF terminal hosted on two Earth observation spacecraft.

Once in orbit, Telesat Government Solutions will demonstrate Ka-band high-speed transmission from space-based RF terminals to Telesat-operated satellites flying at higher altitude, as well as mesh space relay connectivity between optically linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) before transferring the data to NASA Representative Operations Centers.

The optically linked LEO satellites, which are native to Telesat Lightspeed, provide resilient and assured space-to-space connectivity for manned and unmanned space missions. Services such as those demonstrated under this agreement will create a space-to-space relay service for NASA and other government agencies to meet mission requirements.

“Space Relay services via Telesat Lightspeed’s advanced architecture offer a compelling value proposition for NASA and other government agencies, and we’re excited to pioneer this promising, high-growth market,” said Tom. Eaton, president of Telesat Government Solutions. “NASA’s collaboration with industry has been most impressive as they aim to leverage commercial sector investment and innovation to meet their future near-Earth communications needs.”

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About Telesat Government Solutions

Telesat US Services, LLC (dba Telesat Government Solutions) is a wholly owned subsidiary, incorporated in the United States, of the leading satellite operator Telesat. Telesat Government Solutions provides the reliable and secure global communications networks the US government and its allies need, along with the information superiority and mission assurance they demand. Telesat Government Solutions provides resilient infrastructure and real-time operations management, leveraging the most advanced satellite technologies.

About Telesat
Building on a heritage of engineering excellence, industry-leading reliability and customer service, Telesat Corporation (“Telesat”) (NASDAQ and TSX: TSAT) is one of the leading satellite operators largest and most successful worlds. Telesat works collaboratively with its customers to deliver mission-critical connectivity solutions that solve the world’s most complex communications challenges, delivering powerful benefits that improve their operations and drive profitable growth.

Continually innovating to meet the connectivity demands of the future, Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, will be the first and only LEO network optimized to meet the rigorous demands of telecom, government, maritime customers. and aeronautics. Operating under its international priority Ka-band spectrum rights, Telesat Lightspeed will redefine global satellite connectivity with ubiquitous, affordable, high-capacity links with fiber-like speeds. For updates on Telesat, follow us on Twitter, LinkedInor visit

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