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VERy high Throughput Satellite-Ground Optical Link

VERy high Throughput Satellite-Ground Optical Link

Objective

Next-generation satellite systems will be essential to bridge the digital divide and offer high speed connectivity for all by 2025. Optical feeder links are the most advanced communication solution to the future VHTS system requirements. VERTIGO ambition is to establish the required breakthrough by developing the on-board and ground concepts and technologies enabling for a drastic increase of the link throughput towards and beyond 1 Tbps. VERTIGO is set to meet three major objectives: 1) Throughput increase: while current space optical comms use 1bit/symb modulation formats, VERTIGO will prove advanced schemes with higher spectral and power efficiency, including RF-over-Fiber approach. 2) High optical power generation: to close the demanding link budgets, VERTIGO will develop on-board and ground means to raise the transmitted optical power, not only based on amplifier power increase, but also on incoherent/coherent power combining. 3) Mitigation of atmospheric propagation impairments, to make full use of throughput and power increases. Opto-mechanical techniques using adaptive optics and aperture diversity, and digital processing (error correction coding/interleaving) will be developed to enhance the robustness of future optical feeder links. This unprecedented combination of concepts will result in leading-edge system solutions. Full-scale demonstrations will prove the expected end-to-end performance. VERTIGO ambitions to pave the way towards very high throughput satellite systems and contribute to maintain EU technological leading edge and industry competitiveness. VERTIGO consortium is composed of the different parties of the supply chain, from technology providers to satellite equipment and system vendors, and satellite operator as an advisor. VERTIGO gathers well-established industrial companies, R&D centers and SMEs, allowing for efficient technology transfer, quick take-up of last research results, and dissemination throughout the space community and beyond.
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Coordinator

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

Address

Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 472 950

Participants (8)

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LEO SPACE PHOTONICS R&D MONOPROSOPIIKE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 104 500

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 305 472,50

Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 359 937,50

THALES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 304 700

CREONIC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

THALES ALENIA SPACE SWITZERLAND AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 539 807

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 399 216,25

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 312 253

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 822030

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 998 837,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 998 836,25

Coordinated by:

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France