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In addition to the one ESA and two NASA ground stations, the LLCD project involves the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s LADEE Project at NASA Ames Research Centre, and ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operation Centre, Darmstadt.
ESA’s participation in the laser communication project is supported by the Agency’s Technology Research Programme (TRP) and General Support Technology Programme (GSTP). The later serves to convert promising engineering concepts initially developed within TRP into a broad spectrum of mature products – everything from individual components to subsystems up to entire satellites – that are ready for the market as well as space.
DLR, the German Aerospace Center, has developed satellite-to-satellite laser communication terminals embarked as a technological demonstration payload on the Alphasat mission.
ESA plans to use an optical communication terminal developed by Germany as the main operational payload for its European Data Relay System missions.
Last update: 1 November 2013