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Space Photonics: A Platform Technology for Satellite Systems

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Photonics could potentially be a key technology in the emerging market of laser space communications, with unique performance characteristics. It may enable new bandwidth-hungry applications and significantly boost the space communications industry downstream.

EFSTRATIOS KEHAYAS, GOOCH & HOUSEGO

Photonics is rapidly transforming into an enabling space technology with potential to cross-fertilize multiple markets in the space domain. Among them: navigation, remote sensing and telecommunications, as well as ground-breaking scientific and planetary exploration missions. Because of advantages related to bandwidth, mass, power consumption, beam size and immunity to electromagnetic interference, photonic subsystems are now being considered in navigation satellite systems, Earth observation satellites, low Earth orbit (LEO) constellations and within telecom satellite payloads1. The...Read full article

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