Northrop Grumman Selects Airbus US Space & Defense Inc. as its Satellite Platform Supplier for Tranche 1 Transport Layer Prototype Constellation

Redondo Beach, Calif. July 5, 2022 Photo(s): By Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman’s T1TL mesh satellite constellation will provide resilient, low-latency, high-volume data transport supporting US military missions around the world and serve as a critical element for Joint-All Domain Command Control.

Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced the selection of Airbus US Space & Defense Inc. as the commercial provider of satellite platforms for its proliferated-LEO constellation. Under the terms of the contract, Airbus US will supply 42 satellite “bus” platforms, as well as support vehicle assembly, integration and testing.

The Space Development Agency (SDA) selected Northrop Grumman in February to develop and field a portion of its Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) constellation. The T1TL network will deliver persistent, secure connectivity for the US military and serve as a critical element for Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

“The addition of Airbus US as one of our key commercial suppliers complements our end-to-end satellite system integration and heritage communication mission expertise,” said Blake Bullock, vice president, communication systems, strategic space systems, Northrop Grumman.

In May, Northrop Grumman announced the selection of Mynaric and Innoflight as its suppliers for laser communications and encryption, decryption capabilities.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA and operating under a Special Security Agreement (SSA), Airbus US Space & Defense, Inc. offers advanced solutions to meet the most complex US defense, security, space, and intelligence requirements. A long time US government partner, Airbus US leverages world-class satellite, laser communication, rotary and fixed wing solutions to help its National Security focused customers meet their missions.