The new independent company Aalyria aims to redefine complex communications across multiple domains
The landscape of communications networks is undergoing a significant change. Aalyria, backed by renowned Silicon Valley investors, steps onto the stage with a suite of technologies aimed at orchestrating complex communications networks across land, sea, air, and space.
” ‘Aalyria’s vision and technical approach enables, for the first time, the complete communications and network solution for integrated deterrence. There is nothing else like it.’”Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work
Technological advance born from Alphabet
Initially developed as part of Alphabet‘s wireless connectivity efforts, Aalyria’s technologies—Spacetime and Tightbeam—introduce novel capabilities. These advancements currently support networks with up to 15 million possible links and wireless connection speeds of up to 1.6 Tbps.
The company’s team boasts a roster of experts from tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Meta, along with space and defense organizations such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- Technologies: Spacetime, Tightbeam
- Partners: Both private sector and government
Spacetime: beyond the conventional
Spacetime is Aalyria’s software platform that operates networks across multiple domains. It orchestrates and manages networks of ground stations, aircraft, satellites, and ships, providing network operators with a newfound level of flexibility.
Tightbeam: changing the speed of light
Tightbeam technology is an atmospheric laser communications technology that is 100-1000x faster than existing technologies. It moves data intact through challenging conditions, like weather, while providing connectivity even where no infrastructure exists.
Commercial partnerships and an $8M contract
Aalyria isn’t just keeping these technologies under wraps. The company has already secured an initial $8 million contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop secure internet connectivity in the space domain for diverse clientele, both private and public.
Major collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory
Recently, Aalyria was awarded an initial $7 million contract by the Office of Naval Research and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to utilize Tightbeam in developing the Navy’s Secure Optical Aerial Relay (SOAR) project. The technology will offer over-the-horizon connectivity across the Navy’s various assets on sea, air, and land, demonstrating its capabilities in different warfighting scenarios.
Strategic call from the Space Development Agency
The Space Development Agency (SDA) recently issued a special notice seeking proposals for low-Earth orbit (LEO) backhaul capability. The SDA aims to build out the Department of Defense’s resilient architecture in the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) and is interested in options that leverage existing or planned commercial infrastructure. This adds another layer to the canvas where Aalyria could potentially contribute its innovative solutions.
The leadership team
Chris Taylor, CEO – Chris is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur, previously heading Govini. He also served 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and hails from South Buffalo, NY.
Nathan Wolfe, EVP and CTO – Before co-founding Aalyria in 2022, Nathan worked at Google for six years, focusing on innovative hardware projects including Tightbeam. He began his career as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Brian Barritt, EVP and CTO – Brian led the Alphabet team that created Spacetime and has recently worked on various connectivity projects at Meta. He also has experience developing space communications for NASA.
Dan Gaudreau, CFO – With 30 years of finance experience, Dan has worked in both startups and global companies. He’s managed IPOs and has a track record of maintaining financial stability.
Aalyria’s technologies and their commercial applications suggest a future where the limitations of current communications networks are mere echoes of the past. As we look ahead, we see a world where these advanced networks could potentially redefine how we understand connectivity, from the daily commute to outer space missions.