SpaceBridge Inc. has joined the Digital Intermediate Frequency Interoperability (“DIFI”) Consortium, an independent space industry group formed to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks.
SpaceBridge Inc. joins a rising number of leading organizations within the space industry that are coming together to shape the DIFI Consortium. These organizations are contributing to the innovation of digital transformation of space, satellite and related technologies for the benefit of the space industry. SpaceBridge Inc. sees great value in joining this Consortium by solving current industry and customer challenges in a seamless and automated way through bringing digital IF/RF to life.
“30 years ago, while the entire market was using the 70MHz or 140MHz for modems as the intermediary interface (IF) to RF, the SpaceBridge portfolio company (ACT-wireless Inc.) pioneered the new revolutionary idea to implement L-band interface in the modems and was the first to introduce it to the satellite market in our SL2048/QD2048 modems. 4-5 years ago SpaceBridge realized the trend of separating the routers and servers from modems/RF and started to implement the digital interface between our high-speed modems and RF equipment. Today we are happy to join the club of companies who believe that now is right time to revolutionize again the RF/IF interface and build the new digital standard to ensure modems/RF interoperability.” said David Gelerman, President and CEO of SpaceBridge Inc.
Stuart Daughtridge, Chairman of DIFI and SVP for Advanced Technologies at Kratos, said, “We are pleased to add SpaceBridge, another international leading edge technology company, to the organization. They will be a strong teammate in furthering the maturity and adoption of our interoperable Digital IF standard and enabling the digital transformation of our industry.
The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI) is an independent, international group of companies, organizations, and government agencies that have an interest in the interoperability of networks and ground systems supporting space-based operations. Launched in coordination with the IEEE-ISTO, DIFI’s mission is to enable the digital transformation of space, satellite, and related industries through a simple, interoperable Digital IF/RF standard that accelerates industry transformation from L-Band IF to Digital IF, while discouraging vendor lock-in. The founding members of DIFI include Hawkeye 360, Intelsat Corp. (OTCMKTS: INTEQ), Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS), Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy.
SpaceBridge Inc. is an established supplier and global market pioneer in Broadband Satellite Communications systems technologies and infrastructures. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the company develops and provides satellite network solutions and managed services. This includes VSAT HUBs and Terminals for Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multi-Point, and Mesh topologies, as well as SCPC and broadcast modems, for GEO and NGSO satellite constellations. SpaceBridge Inc. also provides autonomous managed services for its customers, through implementation of creative and collaborative business models to reduce CapEx investments and save on network management OPEX, while speeding up time-to-market.