Gooch & Housego Partner on New European Mini Lasercom Transceivers Project

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The European project ORIONAS (lasercom-on-chip for next-generation, high-speed satellite constellation interconnectivity) has welcomed Gooch & Housego as a partner in the three-year, Horizon 2020 initiative designed to disrupt the way lasercom modems are designed, built, and qualified in order to enable satellite constellation lasercom links.

ORIONAS will squeeze the current lasercom modems using integrated photonic components and new ultracompact fiber optic modules to enable next-generation low SWaP-C (size, weight, power, and cost) lasercom terminals.

G&H officials said they contribute to the partnership with the design and manufacture of compact and efficient fiber amplifier arrays for pre-amplified lasercom receivers enabling high-speed bidirectional laser links. This will be realized through the development of a compact, rad-hard-by-design fiber pre-amplifier array module, based on the company’s patented intellectual property. The operation of the pre-amplifier module will be validated under ionizing radiation.

G&H is also responsible for the design of the system platform and, following the design and development phase, will perform the system integration of the complete laser transceiver through functional integration of the components developed within the project.

G&H brings a unique expertise in converting R&D into commercially viable technological solutions. Successful delivery of the project will mean using this expertise to meet the demanding system price target required in satellite constellation applications.

For further details on the ORIONAS project, visit

Published: March 2019
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