12 years after U.S.-German lasercom in-orbit test, Northrop-led consortium sees hope for program’s advance

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — It has been nearly 12 years since the U.S. and German governments successfully tested optical laser inter-satellite links in orbit, but it’s only now that a follow-on program appears to be moving forward.

With laser communications now sparking the interest of multiple companies for space-to-ground, ground-to-space and inter-satellite links, a coalition of companies including Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Tesat Spacecom of Germany and General Atomics has dusted off the U.S.-German partnership in hopes of flying . . .

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