Advanced concept for laser uplink/ downlink communication with space objects (c3po)

PROJECT SUMMARY

  • Project Funding: European Union, H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.
  • Project Call: COMPET-06.2014, space technologies
  • Grant Agreement:  637595
  • Project Duration: 2 years starting June 2015
  • Project Partners: AIRBUSGROUP LIMITED (United Kingdom), DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UNDRAUMFAHRT EV (Germany), ACREO SWEDISH ICT AB (Sweden), ASTRI POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA (Poland), THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (United Kingdom) and TEMATYS (France)
  • Project Coordinator: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS (France)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Overall project goal: To Design a low earth satellite uplink/downlink communication system meeting current and future market needs in order to support European’s space industry competiveness

The project's objectives

  • Design a solution to improve actual downlink and uplink communication systems based on a non-space disruptive technology
  • Improve enabling Space Surveillance & Tracking technologies performances to meet the final system needs
  • Increase the Multiple Quantum Well Technology Readiness Level from 2 to 4
  • Improve the overall perfromance of space communication systems
  • Identify the C3PO system market and Business Model
  • Increase the system safety (including regulation and governance issues)

Acreo is involved in the project to develop a retro-reflecting terminal module based on Multiple Quantum Well (MQW) electroabsorption modulator arrays.

Acreo's role: The MQW retro-reflector technology, derived from non-space domain, is incorporated into the current state of the art as a high-rate lightweight communication device. Its development in the space sector has a disruptive impact on the satellites and satellite imagery markets, enabling new missions such as CubeSat earth observations.

 

Video – Lab demonstration of the Asymmetrical FSO Link