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Feature story September 27, 2021

Skyloom signs contract with Arianespace for first launch

Telecommunications start-up Skyloom chooses Ariane 64, operated by European launch service company Arianespace, to deploy first geostationary lasercom relay node. The Ariane 64 will deliver Skyloom’s Node-1 as part of a new rideshare mission product.

Telecommunications start-up Skyloom chooses Ariane 64, operated by European launch service company Arianespace, to deploy first geostationary lasercom relay node.  The Ariane 64 will deliver Skyloom’s Node-1 as part of a new rideshare mission product.

Arianespace will launch Skyloom’s first geostationary lasercom relay node, a telecommunications start up based in Oakland, California.  This innovative satellite will be part of a rideshare mission aboard Arianespace’s next-generation heavy-lift vehicle, the Ariane 64.  This vehicle, set to debut in mid-2022 is capable of reaching more reference orbits due to its re-startable Vinci upper-stage.  Another virtue of the rideshare missions prepared and performed by Arianespace on their launchers, especially on Vega and, soon, on Ariane 6 and Vega C, is the remarkably lower price point for its customers, along with unrivalled versatility and agility to meet the company’s customers’ needs.

Skyloom’s geostationary lasercom relay network will serve a growing number of civil and governmental satellite operators with a unique set of capabilities such as real-time and high-capacity direct-to-cloud data-transfer, and secure telecommand channels so that customers can pilot their satellites like drones unlocking unprecedented applications.

Skyloom was founded with the mission to develop, deploy and operate one of the fundamental pieces of tomorrow’s digital infrastructure to provide data transport services on a planetary scale. Skyloom designs, builds and lays the space-based equivalent of towers, fiber, routers and switches, enabling fiberless orbital networks. Vertical integration and rapid rollout of technology and infrastructure are at the core of Skyloom’s strategy to maintain cost, schedule, quality and performance and deliver on their vision of becoming a true planetary Society.

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