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Lasercom-on-chip for next generation, high-speed satellite constelation interconnectivity

Objective

The satellite market experiences a paradigm shift with the rise of satellite constellations that are changing the satellite volume launched from now on. Under increasing capacity requirements, primes admit that lasercom is required to connect their constellations at high speeds not possible with RF equipment. This is shaping a unique opportunity for the penetration of optical inter-satellite links (OISLs) into a market that will only grow. The deal for OISLs is clear; low cost, size, weight and power consumption (C-SWAP), but the current tools and methods used to make OISL systems are fundamentally incompatible with this requirement and the jump to satellite lasercom is a jump to higher complexity. ORIONAS aims to provide the technology that will disrupt the way lasercom systems are designed, built and tested and hit the right C-SWAP targets. ORIONAS invests in monolithic integration within European BICMOS and InP foundries for cost-effective access to high performance technologies. Using its photonics BICMOS integration platform, ORIONAS will squeeze lasercom transceivers into a few mm^2 demonstrating modulator/driver electronic-photonic IC (ePIC) being >2 orders of magnitude smaller than state-of-the-art space (SOTA) qualified modulators and receiver ePICs being 3 orders of magnitude smaller than conventional free space optics receivers used in current lasercom modems. ORIONAS will develop a Hi-rel packaging technology to deliver all-laser weldable, hermetic transceivers that will be 20 times faster and 16x times smaller than current SOTA lasercom systems and with power dissipation in the order of a few pJ/bit. Using InP integration ORIONAS will fabricate SOAs being 2 orders of magnitude smaller than current space qualified high power fiber amplifiers and >10x times more powerful than current commercial SOAs. ORIONAS will system integrate the ePIC and SOA modules into its lasercom mini-modem platform and will test it within the test facilities of the end user.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Coordinator

LEO SPACE PHOTONICS R&D MONOPROSOPIIKE
Address
Patriarch Grigorios And Neapolepoleos
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 280 500

Participants (8)

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 715 000
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 244 195
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 750
Address
Broomhill Way Unit A
TQ2 7QL Torquay Devon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
III-V LAB
France
EU contribution
€ 355 220
Address
1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
91767 Palaiseau Cedex
Activity type
Other
LUSOSPACE, PROJECTOS ENGENHARIA LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 348 500
Address
Rua Sarmento Beires 31 A
1900 411 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE SWITZERLAND AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 103 875
Address
Schaffhauserstrasse 580
8052 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Viale G. P. Usberti 181A
43124 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALTER TECHNOLOGY TUV NORD UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 387 250
Address
Bain Square 5
EH54 7DQ Livingston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)