Space Technology

Lockheed Martin and Omnispace have signed an agreement to investigate 5G in space

Lockheed Martin and Omnispace reported on March 23 that they had reached an arrangement to exchange commercial and technological details about the rollout of 5G networking technologies in space. Omnispace, located in Virginia, is working on a combined space-ground network to offer 5G as well as internet-of-things services. Omnispace is merging an NGSO satellite constellation’s geographic reach with the mobile networks (wireless) of the world’s largest communications firms to create a single “one global network” — without barriers, limits, or comparison.

The “strategic interest pact” between Lockheed Martin as well as Omnispace does not need any financial contribution. According to Lockheed Martin, it is intended to pursue collaborative deployment of the 5G mobile broadband capabilities from space. Lockheed Martin, the country’s top defense contractor, wants to leverage private broadband and satellite technology for federal purposes. One technology Lockheed Martin aims to add to the government-industry is the capacity to transfer vast volumes of data at high rates and low latency.

Agriculture, mining, and oil, as well as shipping and logistics, are among the industries Omnispace is addressing. The usage of 5G satellite communication on cars, aircraft, airlines, and other networks, regardless of their venue, will be a major boost to mobile networking. Omnispace’s network is still being developed. To provide 5G coverage, it aims to utilize both satellites as well as terrestrial broadband networks. The firm’s network would run in a two-gigahertz frequency bandwidth wedge.

“This hybrid 5G network, developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin, will have the reach and ability to serve critical applications needing seamless, secure global communications,” stated Omnispace president and Chief executive Ram Viswanathan. In a quote, he stated, “We embrace Lockheed Martin’s comprehensive approach to dynamic networks and broad experience in satellite technologies and government industries, as well as their contribution to developing groundbreaking connectivity solutions.”

According to Rick Ambrose, users would no longer require different devices on various networks as they can easily transition between satellite and terrestrial networks. He serves as the Lockheed Martin Space executive vice president. “At the end of the day, it comes down to supplying end consumers with low-latency communications that operate anywhere.”

The United States Space Force may be a client for space-based 5G. In a recent request for details, the Space and Missile Systems Center stated that it is conducting market analysis to “evaluate how to use increasingly evolving 5G technologies” for military applications. “What are the capabilities to deliver 5G services from space?” is among the questions SMC requests vendors to address.