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Towards Demonstration of Photonic Payload For Telecom Satellites

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).

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD

Address

Gunnels Wood Road
Sg1 2as Stevenage

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 670 066

Participants (7)

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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 127 800

DAS PHOTONICS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 601 015

HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 248 825

SODERN SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 619 832,75

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 199 875

Linkra S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 50 082,50

CORDON ELECTRONICS ITALIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 302 417,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730149

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 July 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 836 225

  • EU contribution

    € 2 819 913,75

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD

United Kingdom