Germany’s DLR: Terabit-satellite era will need to move to optical feeder links to ease bottlenecks

by Peter B. de Selding

BREMEN, Germany — The German Aerospace Center, DLR, which is the source of recent commercial satellite laser communications successes by Tesat and Mynaric of Germany, is working on a new-generation cubesat laser terminal that combines the 1U form factor of its smallest terminal, if slightly larger, with a capacity to provide inter-satellite links.

DLR and Tesat combined to produce the CubeLCT terminal, with assistance of the European Space Agency (ESA). The terminal, measuring 10x10x3 centimeters, was launched in January on a SpaceX ride-share mission and . . .

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