Press Release

Xenesis wins Air Force Contract

By SpaceRef Editor
August 26, 2019
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August 26, 2019 – Xenesis, Inc., a leading innovator in communications for the space industry, announced a contract from the Department of the Air Force for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The award —administered by the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Broad Agency— was sent to Xenesis for its feasibility study for a Space based Global Optical Multi-Layered Mesh Network System (GOMMNS).

Xenesis’ bid was one of more than one thousand entries vetted through the application process, and this contract is hailed as clear market validation for Xenesis and the innovative technology it is developing.

Sue Payton, the former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) commented, “earning this competitively awarded [SBIR] contract relays the magnitude of confidence the U.S. Air Force has in Xenesis’ leadership in this critically important area of technology.”

Speaking on the current exponential growth in the space industry, Sue said, “Resiliency is key for the U.S. to retain its superiority in Space, and optical communications—like what’s being developed by Xenesis—is a crucial component to [the United States military] achieving and maintaining an infrastructure capable of sustaining the proliferation of Free Space LEO small sat constellations and rapidly expanding networks of space-to-ground architecture.”

The contract for Xenesis’ feasibility study of GOMMNS was in response to the company’s submission to the SBIR’s topic AF192-001, “Open Call for Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions with a Clear Air Force Stakeholder Need.”

The contract proposal includes an upcoming Space flight demonstration that is of high interest for multiple DoD stakeholders, and for which Xenesis already has several interested program offices. CEO and Founder of Xenesis, Mark LaPenna, said “We [the World] are in the middle of an epic paradigm shift with global communications. Conservative estimates indicate, there are more than 10,000 satellites planned for launch over the next seven years. With a traffic-jam in Space data/communications being all but imminent, this contract is a tremendous opportunity for Xenesis to display our capability, for facilitating a stabilizing, reliable, and cost-effective solution.”

About Xenesis

Xenesis, Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois, is a communications company specializing in the development of leading-edge technologies around the Space to Ground market. With a collective 100+ years

expertise and the industry’s best partnerships, they are poised to forever alter the course of Human


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