Space-to-ground laser comms for cubesats: Tesat’s first in-orbit demo set for this year

by Peter B. de Selding

BERLIN — Tesat Spacecom, a pioneer in space-based laser communications, has refocused its commercial effort toward the cubesat market and expects to demonstrate its first product this year with a Spaceflight-arranged launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 using a GomSpace-built platform.

Backnang, Germany-based Tesat is counting on its CubeL laser communications terminal to unlock a large market for high-throughput space-to-ground communications for cubesat constellation owners.

CubeL — 360 grams, 1u-cubesat dimensions, 8 watts of power consumption, 100 Mbps throughput to ground stations — offers . . .

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