Space Photonics: Disruptive Satellite Laser Communications and Astrophotonics

During this year’s Optical Fiber Communications Conference, we organized a panel on space photonics and astrophotonics, held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

In this page you can find the panel details as well as the presentations given by the panelists.

Panel description
Photonics is expected to play a key role in space applications as optics and fiber-optics penetrates into satellite payloads and photonic components and subsystems become integral functional parts of telecommunication, on-board signal distribution and/or remote sensing instrumentation. The FCC has received more than 15 applications for constellations with several confirmed inter-satellite link designs relying on laser communications. On the other hand, space instrument science increasingly uses optics and photonics (e.g. fiber-based instruments) for Earth observation and astronomical exploration with operational requirements in extreme environments. The panel discussed the technology development requirements, qualification deltas, cost targets and ground-based infrastructure required for volume manufacturing and/or integration of space photonic hardware. The panelists also analyzed the challenges in designing and developing new generation of photonic instruments.

Stratos Kehayas, Gooch & Housego
Sergio Leon-Saval, University of Sydney, Australia


Stratos Kehayas, Gooch & Housego
Panel Introduction: Setting the scene

Morio Toyoshima, NICT, Japan
Space Photonics: Trends, Applications and Societal Impact

Don Cornwell, NASA-HQ, USA
Laser Communications and Astrophysics in 2030

Rizwan Parvez, BRIDGESAT, USA
Building High-speed Data Links from Space to Ground

John Schuster, LEOSAT, Netherlands
Optical Networks in the Sky

Paul Serra, MIT, USA
Miniaturizing Laser Terminals

Klaus Buchheim, Thales Alenia Space, Switzerland
Laser Terminals for the Masses

Melanie Ott, NASA-GSFC, USA
Developing and Qualifying Space Hardware