Airbus Netherlands and TNO partner for development of next-generation gigabit optical ground station

Oegstgeest, 9 November 2018 – At the inaugural event of the new Airbus production facility for space technology, Airbus Netherlands and TNO announced their cooperation for the development of a next-generation optical ground stations in the gigabit range. This is an important step towards the realisation of optical satellite communication. Almost all the data connections in space are based on radio-frequency electromagnetic waves. The new systems for optical satellite communication use laser light to make communications faster, more secure and cheaper.

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