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Towards Demonstration of Photonic Payload For Telecom Satellites

Objective

OPTIMA aims at demonstrating photonic payloads for telecommunication satellites by joining the efforts of industrial and academic European actors from both the worlds of space and terrestrial communications.
In the near future, a major increase in telecoms satellites capacity is required to address the challenges of the Digital Agenda for Europe, and to remain in line with the skyrocketing evolution of terrestrial communications, in a globally connected world.
A major technological breakthrough is needed to meet the capacity increase objectives within the mass, size and power envelope allowed by the foreseen evolution of launchers and satellite platforms.
Photonics has largely contributed to the revolution of Information Technology for ground applications and is the most promising technology to overcome the issues faced by Satcoms, thanks to the compact, lightweight and low-power nature of optical-fibre based equipment.
However, great efforts are required to bring these benefits to the world of telecoms payloads as all the photonics equipment used on ground need to be adapted for space.
In OPTIMA, Airbus Defence and Space (UK, FR), a world-leading satellite prime manufacturer, will define, assemble and a test photonic payload demonstrator based on building blocks developed, adapted for space and provided by other members of the consortium: DAS Photonics (ES), Linkra (IT), SODERN (FR), IMEC (BE) and Polatis (UK).
By gathering all these actors around a concrete project, in a real-world industrial environment, OPTIMA will provide a strong initial impulse to make photonics technology available to the Satcom industry and pave the way towards an in-orbit demonstration as early as 2020.
This will not only allow the European space industry to address the challenges of the DAE 2020, but also strengthen its position in a very competitive, worldwide market and create new opportunities for each of the members of the consortium (new applications, products and markets).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/satellite technology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD
Address
Gunnels Wood Road
SG1 2AS Stevenage
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 670 066

Participants (7)

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 127 800
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DAS PHOTONICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 601 015
Address
Cmno De Vera S/n Planta 2 Edificio 8F
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 825
Address
Milton Road 332 Cambridge Science Park
CB4 0WN Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SODERN SA
France
EU contribution
€ 619 832,75
Address
Av. Descartes 20
94450 Limeil-brevannes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 199 875
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Linkra S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 50 082,50
Address
Via Guido Rossa 20/22
20040 Cornate D'adda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CORDON ELECTRONICS ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 302 417,50
Address
Via Guido Rossa 22
20872 Cornate D'adda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)