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Exclusive license from Rocket Lab of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University to manufacture space radio technology


Rocket Lab United States, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a provider of launch services and space systems, announced that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to commercialize Telemetry of small spacecraft capable of near and far space and radio control technology. The Frontier-S by Rocket Lab Software Defined Radio (SDR) enables affordable communications and radionavigation for planetary and other missions beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), as well as communications and radionavigation for missions in non-GPS environments.

The Frontier-S by Rocket Lab, based on the APL Frontier radio that has flown on missions such as the Van Allen probes, Parker Solar Probe, and the Emirates Mars mission, bundles Deep Space Network and other common waveforms into a single package with commercial components Upgraded and low-power digital signal processing for high reliability applications. Frontier-S by Rocket Lab includes extensive functionality that is not typically available in a low cost radio, including a coherent transponder to activate radiometric navigation methods, timing functions, and a critical hardware-based command decoder. Compatible with spacecraft as small as 6U cubsesats, the Frontier-S by Rocket Lab SDR offers a lightweight, low power, high radiation tolerance telemetry and control solution for distant space missions, which is also affordable for LEO missions requiring high reliability.

The APL designed and manufactured by Rocket Lab S-border SDRs are flying today on Pathstone, Rocket Lab’s second Photon mission, are currently integrated into Rocket Lab’s upcoming CAPSTONE mission to the Moon for NASA, and are planned for Rocket Lab’s private Photon mission to Venus. The Frontier-S by Rocket Lab is also the basic telemetry and control radio for all Photon missions requiring an S-band radio. Rocket Lab offers the S-border SDR commercially as a standard radio solution for other satellite integrators, joining a growing list of spacecraft component offerings such as reaction wheels and star trackers.

“Frontier-S radios are another strategic addition to Rocket Lab’s growing space systems portfolio of in-house built products and capabilities, further strengthening our position as an end-to-end space company. “ noted Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. “Enabling long distance communication and deep space telemetry is difficult for any mission, but especially for small satellites where mass and power constraints are a challenge. Frontier-S radios offer a compelling communication solution for interplanetary missions, as well as those closer to home in low earth orbit. The APL has a long history of making essential contributions to NASA and international missions to address the challenges of space, applying science, engineering and technology to develop spacecraft, instruments and subsystems of space. point. We are delighted to combine APL’s strong history of innovation with Rocket Lab’s proven ability to manufacture high volumes to deliver a cutting edge communications solution at competitive costs and on short notice.