ESA title
Optical Ground Station
Enabling & Support

Optical Ground Station (OGS)

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ESA / Enabling & Support / Space Engineering & Technology / Space Optoelectronics

The section actively supports ESA’s optical communication projects such as the inter-satellite (LEO to GEO) link of the European Data Relay System (EDRS), a LEO to ground link solution for small satellites (Optel-µ) and a deep-space to Earth link for the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM). To perform its tasks it operates an external test facility in Tenerife (Spain) called Optical Ground Station (OGS), which houses a 1 meter Zeiss telescope. The OGS performs commissioning and regular testing of optical terminals on board orbiting ESA spacecraft and participates in communication experiments with satellite from international partners.