Lockheed Martin partners with satellite start-up Omnispace to build a space-based 5G network

March 24, 2021
The partnership puts the companies in the widening field of space-based data communications, with potential competitors including Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink, AST & Science, OneWeb and Telesat, Michael Sheetz reports for CNBC.

LITTLETON, Colo. - Lockheed Martin’s space division announced a strategic interest agreement on Tuesday with satellite start-up Omnispace “to explore jointly developing 5G capability from space,” , Michael Sheetz reports for CNBCContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

March 24, 2021 -Omnispace's vision is 'one global network' that will combine the reach of a non-geostationary orbit satellite constellation with the capacity of the world's leading mobile wireless carrier networks. This 5G NTN will leverage the company's priority 2 GHz S-band spectrum rights and employ 3GPP standards to enable direct-to-device connectivity and interoperability. In collaboration with Lockheed Martin, this hybrid 5G network would provide the coverage and capacity to support essential applications requiring seamless, reliable, global communications.

"Omnispace is fully committed to the vision of creating a new global communications platform that powers 5G connectivity directly to mobile devices from space," said Ram Viswanathan, president and CEO for Omnispace. "We welcome Lockheed Martin's holistic approach to complex systems and deep expertise in satellite technology and government markets, along with their commitment to creating innovative communication solutions."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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