We were recently invited to published a short article looking at future applications of free space optical communication, also referred to as Wireless Laser Communication. With the rise of 5G and the development of future radio network technologies we are beginning to discuss the benefits of Optical wireless communication and how it can support these future networks.
This article came off the back of our H2020 RAVEN project (Real-time Access Virtual Earth Observation Network) utilising satellite laser communication. Laser communication, while traditionally overshadowed by radio solutions, now has a significant heritage for satellite communication which has been led largely by European efforts. Laser communication is now set to see considerable advancements and adoption in future satellite networks. The recent announcement of the first successful demonstration of end-to-end quantum satellite communication, as well as the launch of the European Space Agency’s dedicated Laser Communication development programme ScyLight and its European Data Relay System all highlight the trend of rapid advancement and demand for high bandwidth and secure communication solutions. Yet many challenges remain in making it a commercially viable solution for broad adoption.
We have focused on overcoming the most challenging aspects of implementing systems for laser satellite network communication. Namely the challenge of atmospheric distortion of optical signals. The atmosphere remains the main bottleneck in data rates and require solutions focusing on the size, weight, power and cost.
We shall be making a number of announcements over the coming months, including a more in-depth follow up article on laser communication and our laser communication products. Sign up to our news letter to stay up to date on all future announcements....more News
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