Boston (July 24, 2015) – BridgeSat, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM) that is developing an optical connectivity system to improve the wireless transfer of data from satellites and high-altitude unmanned vehicles (UAVs), today announced the appointment of David Mitlyng as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy.

During his more than 20-year career in the satellite industry, Mitlyng has served in leadership positions ranging from Chief and Lead Systems Engineer on a wide range of satellite projects for Space Systems and Orbital ATK, to overseeing business development for Orbital ATK and, most recently, SSL. In addition to his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, Mitlyng also has a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

“We are excited to welcome David to our growing team at BridgeSat,” said John Serafini, BridgeSat’s co-General Manager, who is also a Vice President at parent company Allied Minds. “David’s background is well-suited to our mission of bringing advanced data transmission capabilities to the broader satellite industry.”

BridgeSat worked with The Aerospace Corporation to develop the optical connectivity system, which aims to improve the speed, efficiency and security of Low Earth Orbit satellite transmissions.

As the cost of building and launching satellites declines, demand for accurate and frequent data collection from LEO satellites is expected to increase over the next decade. BridgeSat’s system aims to solve some of the challenges that traditional radio-frequency transmissions face, such as size, weight, cost and power bottlenecks. The company is working with Aerospace as well as with Draper Laboratory to develop an alternative downlink mechanism that aims to be faster, more secure, and available at a lower cost to traditional radio-frequency transmissions.