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British space laser firm Archangel Lightworks enters U.S. market through Orlando (by Alex Soderstrom)

A space laser firm is beaming new operations to Central Florida.

Archangel Lightworks Ltd. in May established its first U.S. office at the University of Central Florida Research Park Business Incubator, and it plans to begin scaling its local team later this year and into next year, CEO Richard Johanson told Orlando Inno. The Oxfordshire, England-based company plans to cement itself into the Central Florida business ecosystem by seeking local partners, working with UCF researchers and hiring Florida talent.

Founded in 2017, Archangel developed space-air laser communication terminals to transmit data through space faster. There’s big demand for data transmitted from space, but it’s often transmitted with radio technology that’s slow and limited, Johanson said. By transmitting from space to high-altitude spots in the sky, Archangel avoids the disruptions clouds cause in space-to-ground laser communications. “To get to the bandwidth levels of Earth in space, we need new technology.”

 

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