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Northrop Grumman Taps Mynaric to Supply Laser Terminals 

By Rachel Jewett | November 2, 2021

A rendering of a side to side comparison between CONDOR Mk2 (left) and CONDOR Mk3 (right) optical communications terminal. Photo: Mynaric

Mynaric has signed a multi-year agreement with Northrop Grumman as a strategic supplier for laser communications for space applications that it says will be worth at least $35 million. 

Mynaric has submitted bids to Northrop Grumman for multiple government space programs that are pending, with a combined value in the mid-double digit million range. Separately, Northrop Grumman will purchase a set of CONDOR Mk3 terminals. 

The companies said the agreement gives Northrop Grumman preferred access to Mynaric products and services, and that they plan to jointly develop and offer laser communication solutions for U.S. government space programs. 

“Laser communication is becoming a strategic must-have for a wide array of government programs, particularly as Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities are expanded to an increasing number of connected platforms and as cybersecurity threats increase,” said Dr. Robert Fleming, sector vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Northrop Grumman Space Systems. “We look forward to partnering with Mynaric to provide cost-effective solutions to our customers to deploy laser communication capabilities at scale.”

Mynaric also has customer agreements with SpaceLink and Telesat for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Blackjack program.