Mynaric Relocates US Headquarters to Los Angeles

Serial production follows delivery of first optical ground station for satellite communications to customer. (Source: Mynaric)

Mynaric, a manufacturer of laser communication technologies, has relocated its North American headquarters to Los Angeles to be placed physically closer to growing interest in its cost-efficient and high-performance laser communication products from key US customers, especially in the satellite constellation domain.

Bulent Altan, who joined Mynaric in March 2019 after twelve years at SpaceX, will personally lead the relocated US operation and at the same time remain an executive board member of Mynaric.

The decision to relocate to Los Angeles is based not only on the potential market for laser communication products needed by large US constellation-builders – many of whom have offices on the West coast – but also on California’s record in attracting and retaining the world-class talent we require to complement the excellent team we have built in Germany.

“It is critically important to us to maintain close relationships with existing and prospective customers and understand their needs and concerns which can be only addressed by US-only solutions. As such, I am excited to be spending more time in LA to build up such capabilities,” Altan explained.

Dr. Wolfram Peschko (left) with new board members as of 2019, Bulent Altan (center) and Hubertus von Janecek (Source: Mynaric)

The company’s move from Huntsville, Alabama, to LA, California, is the precursor to an expansion plan for the United States in 2020 that will be implemented as Mynaric’s airborne and space laser communication products become qualified and available to customers in the next few months. One of the key tasks ahead of the newly-headquartered team will be developing electronics and software sourced solely from within the US; a key consideration for many US companies and organizations wanting to deploy laser communication solutions operationally at large scale.

“Today, Mynaric has more space-grade laser communication units in production schedule than have ever been launched by all of our commercial competitors combined to our knowledge, so we are definitively pushing the envelope. We are expecting nothing short of a feeding frenzy for lasercom capabilities in 2020 and today’s announcement is key to preparing for just that,” Altan added.

Mynaric USA was established as an independent subsidiary in 2017 and has, since that time, established strong relationships with the largest aerospace players in the country both in established and in “new space”. (Source: Mynaric)

Further reading: Laser Terminals Inducted Into the Space Technology Hall of Fame, photonicsviews.com, 5th March 2018

Link: Mynaric AG, Gilching, Germany

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