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Optical communications can be used to dramtically ramp up the speed of data transfer between satellites and ground stations. (Image: Northrup Grumman)

Satellite optical communications news roundup

Sony establishes new firm, Mitsubishi Electric develops optical receiver, successful intersatellite optical communication test carried out.

The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

Looking skyward: Photonics opportunities in space

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

Laser guide star for tracking space junk, developed by Electro Optic Systems together with the Australian National University. Credit: Electro Optic Systems

Illuminating the space junk problem

Benjamin Skuse explores photonics-based efforts to track, and possibly even remove, debris from the very crowded region of near-Earth space

Photonics components are being used in free-space optical communications to enable faster data transfer between satellites and ground stations. (Image: ESA)

A changing landscape in the space economy

Matthew Dale speaks with ESA to learn about the opportunities arising for photonics in the space sector

Wireless power beaming will provide auxiliary power to small satellites in low Earth orbit. (Image: Space Power)

Lasers to beam power between satellites

The technology will provide auxiliary power to small satellites in low orbit during their eclipse period – when they cannot see the sun

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