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Laser links in low Earth orbit push optical integration to the limit

An artist’s impression of the satellites in action. Inset: Prof Robert Wicks, Head of the Space Technology Laboratory at Northumbria University (Images: Eamon Scullion/Northumbria University)

An artist’s impression of the satellites in action. Inset: Prof Robert Wicks, Head of the Space Technology Laboratory at Northumbria University (Images: Eamon Scullion/Northumbria University)

Professor Robert Wicks, Head of the Space Technology Laboratory at Northumbria University, explains the optical components in the next generation of free space optical communications between satellites in low earth orbit

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