Intelsat, Aalyria sign deal to advance global connectivity

Setting a new standard for communications on land, sea, air, and space with cutting-edge technologies

In a dynamic collaboration, Intelsat, a prominent name in satellite and terrestrial network operation, joins forces with Aalyria, a newly launched company.

Their mission: to create a communications network that’s not just fast and secure but also encompasses land, sea, air, and space. With backing from Silicon Valley giants like the founders of Accel, J2 Ventures, and Housatonic, Aalyria has recently secured an initial $8 million contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to pioneer secure connectivity across the space domain.

A glimpse into Aalyria’s inception

Launched with the backing of significant Silicon Valley investors, Aalyria aims to orchestrate and manage incredibly fast, secure, and intricate communications networks. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work stated, “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.”

The technology stack: Spacetime and Tightbeam

Aalyria’s offering comprises two revolutionary technologies: Spacetime and Tightbeam. Originating from Alphabet’s wireless connectivity initiatives, Spacetime is a platform for orchestrating networks across various domains—be it terrestrial, aerial, or celestial. Tightbeam, on the other hand, is a coherent light free space optics technology that is 100-1000x faster than existing solutions.


The uniqueness of Spacetime lies in its ability to be asset and domain agnostic. It offers operators unparalleled flexibility to share spectrum or network resources across space and time. With millions of flight hours under its belt, Spacetime can manage networks ranging from urban meshes to global unified network operations.


Tightbeam aims to redefine connectivity by offering speeds and distances unparalleled by current technology. From improving Wi-Fi on planes to enabling communication on lunar base camps or even Mars rovers, Tightbeam’s laser technology promises connectivity almost anywhere.

Intelsat-Aalyria partnership

Though starting with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the partnership between Intelsat and Aalyria aims to implement Aalyria’s technologies at an unprecedented scale. The collaboration is poised to deliver solutions that serve both private and public sectors, including government applications and commercial ventures.

  • Investors: Accel, J2 Ventures, Housatonic
  • Initial Contract: $8 million with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
  • Technologies: Spacetime, Tightbeam
  • Network Links: Up to 15 million possible links
  • Speed: Up to 1.6 Tbps
  • Applications: Land, Sea, Air, Space
  • Team Background: Google, Amazon, Meta, NASA, Cisco, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lockheed Martin

New age of interconnected global networks

The fusion of Intelsat’s satellite expertise and Aalyria’s revolutionary networking technologies marks an epoch in the realm of global communications. With this collaborative effort, we’re not just looking at faster internet or broader connectivity; we’re envisioning a world where network limitations don’t dictate what’s possible. This union makes it clear: the future is boundless, and it’s closer than we think.


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