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Optical satellite communication space terminal technology at TNO
Author(s): Rudolf Saathof; Will Crowcombe; Stefan Kuiper; Nick van der Valk; Federico Pettazzi; Dorus de Lange; Peter Kerkhof; Martijn van Riel; Harry de Man; Niel Truyens; Ivan Ferrario

Paper Abstract

Optical communications will complement radio frequency (RF) communications in the coming decades to enhance throughput, power efficiency and link security of satellite communication links. To enable optical communications technology for intersatellite links and (bi-directional) ground to satellite links, TNO develops a suite of technologies in collaboration with industry, which comprises of terminals with different aperture sizes, coarse pointing assemblies and fast steering mirrors. This paper presents the current state of the development of TNO technology for optical space communications. It mainly focuses on the development of an optical head with an entrance aperture of 70 mm, an optical bench for CubeSats and coarse pointing assemblies (CPAs). By continuing these steps, world wide web based on satellite communications will come closer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111800K (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535939
Show Author Affiliations
Rudolf Saathof, TNO (Netherlands)
Will Crowcombe, TNO (Netherlands)
Stefan Kuiper, TNO (Netherlands)
Nick van der Valk, TNO (Netherlands)
Federico Pettazzi, TNO (Netherlands)
Dorus de Lange, TNO (Netherlands)
Peter Kerkhof, TNO (Netherlands)
Martijn van Riel, TNO (Netherlands)
Harry de Man, TNO (Netherlands)
Niel Truyens, TNO (Netherlands)
Ivan Ferrario, TNO (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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