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TOWARDS THE ALL-OPTICAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - EXPRO PLUS

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8457
Open Date: 21/10/2015
Closing Date: 02/12/2015


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.197.09
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 - General Studies
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+PL+CA
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Casini, Gian Lorenzo
Last Update Date: 21/10/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

Optical space technologies have matured and are now ready to be applied in commercial satellite communication systems, bringing with them significant advantages such as much higher data rates, low probability of intercept, no restriction for frequency use, lower payload volume and mass and less power consumption requirements. The demonstration of the feasibility of high speed laser communications by the European Data Relay System (EDRS) and other parallel demonstrations have made it possible for commercial operators to consider developing all optical satellite constellations or to use optical communications for some of the telecommunication functions (i.e. inter-satellite communications and optical feeder links), serving broadband needs of institutional and commercial users around the world. The primary objectives of this study will be to:

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