Status on laser communication activities at Tesat-Spacecom
This paper details the progress in the laser communication activities of Tesat-Spacecom. The EDRS program, the European Data Relay System, a private public partnership program between the European Space Agency ESA and Airbus Defence and Space ADS, is running flawlessly, until now (Early August) 55000 data relay links were executed. We report on the performance of the systems in space and detail on other activities of Tesat. Especially the delivery of the first optimized LCTs for Leo data relay, the Smart LCTs are delivered to the space crafts. Furthermore, the delivery of Cubesat LCTs have to be mentioned, and the development, qualification and delivery of the ConLCTs for the SDA Tranche 0 program.
Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Frank Heine is the head of the laser systems development department at Tesat-Spacecom. He has 23 years of experience in space borne laser communication systems.