Space-based adaptive communications node (Space-BACN)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a space-based communication node with the goal to create a reconfigurable, multi-protocol intersatellite optical communications terminal that is low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), easy to integrate, and will have the ability to connect heterogeneous constellations that operate on different optical intersatellite link (OISL) specifications that otherwise would not be able to communicate.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (United States)
Dr. Greg Kuperman joined DARPA in October 2020 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office. His research interests include secure communications and networking, distributed edge computing, and open-architecture systems. Prior to DARPA, Kuperman was chief architect of the Multi-Domain Integrated Combat Systems Division at the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. Before that, he was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a technical staff member in the Tactical Networking Group. Kuperman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and telecommunications engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.