The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Space Photonics: Disruptive Satellite Laser Communications and Astrophotonics

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Room number: 3


Efstratios Kehayas, Gooch & Housego, UK; Sergio Leon-Saval, University of Sydney, Australia


Photonics is expected to play a key role in space applications as optics and fiber-optics penetrates into satellite payloads and photonic components and sub-systems become integral functional parts of telecommunication, on-board signal distribution and/or remote sensing instrumentation. The FCC has received more than 15 applications for constellations with several confirmed inter-satellite link designs relying on laser communications. On the other hand, space instrument science increasingly uses optics and photonics (e.g. fiber-based instruments) for Earth observation and astronomical exploration with operational requirements in extreme environments. The panel will discuss the technology development requirements, qualification deltas, cost targets and ground-based infrastructure required for volume manufacturing and/or integration of space photonic hardware. We will also analyze the challenges in designing and developing new generation of photonic instruments.


Don Cornwell, NASA-HQ, USA
Laser Communications and Astrophysics in 2030

Melanie Ott, NASA-GSFC, USA
Developing and Qualifying Space Hardware

Rizwan Parvez, BRIDGESAT, USA
Building High-speed Data Links from Space to Ground

Elisabetta Rugi, Thales Alenia Space CH, Switzerland
Laser Terminals for the Masses

Paul Serra, MIT, USA
Miniaturizing Laser Terminals

John Schuster, LEOSAT, Netherlands
Optical Networks in the Sky

Morio Toyoshima, NICT, Japan
Space Photonics: Trends, Applications and Societal Impact

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