Debate: US military seeds startup domestic lasercom supply chain, or accepts advanced US-based German tech

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Is the U.S. military willing to pay to jump-start a U.S. laser communications terminal manufacturing base at a time when two German companies have stablished U.S. operations and are preparing mass production?

That is the question raised Dec. 14 here at a panel on optical communications during the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week conference.

The German government, through the German Aerospace Center, DLR, has been developing optical communications technologies for over two decades. Tesat, now a unit of . . .

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