Modular intersatellite optical communication terminal for low-cost volume production
Honeywell has leveraged decades of experience in reliable space optics and mass production of space hardware to develop a low-cost optical communication terminal designed for manufacturability. Key concepts to minimize production costs are modularity of the and an automated minimal-alignment approach. The modular design allows for a multi-supplier approach that enables optimization for individual product throughput while also parallelizing production. Modularity also allows for easy adaptation to design changes, which means that one-off and bespoke terminals can accommodate mission-specific modifications (e.g. polarization-maintenance for quantum key distribution) while also benefitting from the volume production design. This approach has allowed Honeywell to drastically reduce assembly time for telescopes and other optics in order to produce multiple units per day. This paper provides an overview of the Honeywell OISL terminal performance results and describes the design in detail.
Honeywell Aerospace (Canada)