G&H Partners on New European Project on Miniature Lasercom Transceivers

Ilminster, Somerset, UK 14 February 2019

A European R&D project aiming to develop the next generation miniature lasercom transceivers enabling >50 Gb/s satellite constellation interconnectivity

G&H engineer assembling a space module
G&H engineer assembling a space module

Gooch & Housego is a partner on the European project ORIONAS (Lasercom-on-chip for next generation, high-speed satellite constellation interconnectivity). The Horizon 2020 initiative with a three year duration was launched on 1 November 2018 with the kick-off meeting held in Toulouse, France on 19 November 2018.

ORIONAS aims to disrupt the way lasercom modems are designed, built and qualified in order to enable satellite constellation lasercom links. ORIONAS will squeeze the current lasercom modems using integrated photonic components and new ultra-compact fiber-optic modules to enable next generation low SWaP-C (size, weight, power and cost) lasercom terminals.

G&H bring our proven expertise in space subsystem design and manufacture to this SMOS satellite. Image courtesy of ESA.European research partnership. We will design and manufacture compact and efficient fiber amplifier arrays for pre-amplified lasercom receivers, enabling high-speed bi-directional laser links. This will be realized through the development of a compact, rad-hard-by-design fiber pre-amplifier array module, based on our patented intellectual property. The operation of the pre-amplifier module will be validated under ionizing radiation

We are also responsible for the design of the system platform and, following the design and development phase, will perform the system integration of the complete laser transceiver through functional integration of the components developed within the project.

G&H brings a unique expertise in converting R&D into commercially viable technological solutions. Successful delivery of the project will mean using this expertise to meet the demanding system price target required in satellite constellation applications.

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