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Aalyria Demonstrates Multi-Orbit Network Orchestration to the DoD 

By Rachel Jewett | February 12, 2024

      Aalyria’s Spacetime network orchestration technology. Photo: Aalyria via Business Wire

      Aalyria recently conducted a demonstration of its Spacetime network orchestration software platform, integrating assets from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial satellite operators and companies. Its software orchestrated a multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-domain network bringing together assets from the DoD, European Space Agency (ESA), Comtech, Eutelsat OneWeb, Intelsat, Viasat, and others. 

      Aalyria announced the demonstration on Monday, which it worked with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), as part of a contract awarded last year. Held at the U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Washington, more than 150 people representing over 20 agencies across the U.S. government and DoD attended the four-hour event. 

      The demonstration involved building a software-defined mesh network incorporating more than 630 satellites from three commercial satellite operators, with fixed and mobile ground-based terminals spread between four partner testbed sites across two continents. Aalyria said it integrated all of the partners to the platform within 60 days. 

      Explaining the demonstration, Aalyria said Spacetime demonstrated the ability to reallocate network resources in response to the unexpected loss of a satellite, jamming, fiber outages. It also made changes for end-to-end data rate, latency, and priority requirements. The software also demonstrated the ability to task first-party network elements while orchestrating network switching and roaming across third party satellite services as a single software-defined network.

      Aalyria said this technology can enable two sought-after military concepts — Hybrid Space Architecture (HSA) and Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2). 

      “The importance of this demonstration cannot be overstated,” said Aalyria founder and CEO Chris Taylor. “For the first time ever, Hybrid Space Architecture and CJADC2 capabilities have been demonstrated in all domains and orbits. The future of a fully interoperable networked capability that spans government, civilian, and commercial assets is here and available now.”