Capella Federal’s satellite services contract strengthens resilience for the US Space Force

In a significant development in the satellite realm, Capella Federal, a subsidiary of Capella Space, has secured a contract for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit Satellite-Based Services (PLEO) through the U.S. Space Systems Command (SSC). This contract aims to enhance collaboration between Capella, SSC, and the U.S. Space Force to provide round-the-clock global imagery crucial for various missions.

This deal positions Capella Federal as a pioneer among commercial earth observation enterprises by collaborating within an emerging governmental framework for commercial satellite services. This novel procurement model aims to leverage cutting-edge commercial space technologies to strengthen the capabilities and resilience of the U.S. Space Force.

The contract spans five years, from July 2023 to July 2028, with the potential for a five-year extension, ensuring long-term collaboration and continuity.

Payam Banazadeh, the CEO and founder of Capella Space, expressed his excitement about this collaboration, stating, “As the first American company to own and operate a commercial SAR constellation, we are excited to expand our collaboration with the U.S. government. Through this award, we will be able to provide more timely, high-resolution SAR data to support U.S. Space Force missions through our rapidly growing constellation.”

The coveted contract was granted by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and awarded through the Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO), an important hub for satellite communication services. The CSCO operates under the supervision of the Space Systems Command (SSC), a distinguished field command unit of the U.S. Space Force.

This collaboration between Capella Federal and the U.S. Space Systems Command represents a transformative shift in the satellite and space sectors. It highlights the increasing reliance on and integration of advanced commercial space technologies to address national and global needs. This collaboration ensures that the future of space exploration and observation remains bright and promising.