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July 4, 2002
SEATTLE -- Terabeam Corporation, a developer of free space optics systems, has been awarded a research and development contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the United States Department of Defense. As national security interests intensify, the ability to collect, transmit and analyze vast amounts of data requires a flexible, secure network with very high bandwidth capability. The TeraHertz Operational Reachback (THOR) program has been set up to find and demonstrate new ways to handle the Defense Department's increasing data needs, especially in mobile environments. According to DARPA, "the objective of the THOR Program is to provide secure, assured, high data rate and end-to-end communications to airborne, terrestrial, surface, and subsurface warfighters through optical system concepts and technologies." Terabeam's free space optical transceivers send data over an invisible, eye-safe light beam. These carrier-grade systems transmit directly through building windows and from rooftops, eliminating the costly delay of deploying fiber optic cables to achieve the same end. It's fiber optics without the fiber. Terabeam Corp.
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