Airbus’s global space-based lasercom network stalled by lack of technical standards, U.S. military requirements

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — Airbus Defence and Space’s plans to build a global space-based laser communications infrastructure has been slowed by the lack of technical standards that would enable multinational use of the system and technical hurdles needed for in-orbit application of them.

As a result, Airbus’s goal of a near-global SpaceDataHighway network in place with three satellites in geostationary orbit by 2021 has been put on hold as the company works through the issues.

Airbus has been providing commercial lasercom service to the European . . .

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