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Software Defined Space Optical Data Highway

Objective

The objectives of SODaH (Software Defined Space Optical Data Highway) are to mature the key photonic technologies in order to enable the implementation of an OISL (Optical Inter Satellites Links) based “Fiber like Network” in the sky for next generation satellites constellations. In such architectures, satellites are the nodes of a moving network interconnected by OISL, that have to address end users (citizens, corporate users, governmental, machines) with an ubiquitous and reliable coverage at high throughput (100 Mbps). If the Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) are now a mature and flight proven technology for high end applications, their efficient use and integration in transparent, reconfigurable and smart miniaturized telecom payload is still a challenge.

A Photonic Modulation, Routing and Digitalization (P_MRD) Unit which performs the interface between the satellites OISLs (typically four per satellite) and the payload digital processor (connected to end users and gateway via RF antennas) is key to enable flexibility, efficient routing, redundancy, and advanced multiplexing of signals. In the frame of SODaH, the photonic equipment of a miniaturized P_MRD unit (photonic sources using DWDM standard, MUX/DEMUX, an optical switch matrix, Low noise amplifier, and photonic receiver) will be developed in a design to cost and design to manufacture approach. This will assure their market relevance and readiness, by leveraging high performances terrestrial communication photonic components on one hand and radiation screened reliable automotive EEE components on the other hands.

Eventually demonstrators of each device will be manufactured and environmentally tested before to be assembled and tested together to demonstrate the added value and maturity of the P_MRD Unit. The demonstrator will be made available for showcase to the communication satellite community for paving the way for a short path from lab to market.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SODERN SA
Address
Av. Descartes 20
94450 Limeil-brevannes
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 166 313

Participants (4)

DAS PHOTONICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 082 227
Address
Cmno De Vera S/n Planta 2 Edificio 8F
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MDA SPACE AND ROBOTICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 348 125
Address
Portwall Place Portwall Lane
BS1 9HS Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 385 275
Address
Milton Road 332 Cambridge Science Park
CB4 0WN Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WEBSITES FOR SCIENTISTS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 14 000
Address
Westvest 275
3111 BT Schiedam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)