Carillon Technologies Receives $6.4M DARPA Contract

Carillon Technologies has been awarded a $6.4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The funding will go towards a project to prototype the next generation satellite-to-satellite communication systems using cutting edge commercial Holographic Optical Beam Steering (HOBS) technology from Lumotive, LLC.

Carillon Technologies has partnered with the Government and government contractors before, working to accelerate identification, adaptation, and deployment of cutting-edge commercial technologies to achieve critical government missions. Their technology spans tactical communication, optical communication, on-orbit systems, and distributed RF systems. 

Using HOBS technology will allow for lightweight and affordable satellite communications. This will be breakthrough technology for use in both commercial and defense communication constellations as well as for new high-performance, highly-survivable space architectures. “This new solid-state HOBS technology will provide a step change in size, weight, and cost for satellite Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) systems.” said Dr. John D. Evans, CEO of Carillon Technologies. 

HOBS technology is being developed for automotive LIDAR applications by Lumotive, a commercial start-up. Lumotive will join this collaboration with Carillon and DARPA, combining their technology with Carillon’s expertise in forming business relationships that join defense and commercial sectors. 

Currently R&D investments by venture, commercial and global companies dwarf those of the U.S. Government, with just 4% of global R&D performed within the defense ecosystem. “Carillon’s mission is to help ensure the security of America and the American people,” says Evans. “As a country, we cannot realistically hope to secure our Nation’s defense without robust access to commercial technology. Unfortunately, necessary government requirements make this collaboration nearly impossible. This DARPA effort exemplifies how Carillon’s team can bridge the defense and commercial worlds, and ensure America’s soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and guardians have the technology they need to ensure our security now, and into the future.”

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