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NASA Report State-of-the-Art of Small Spacecraft Technology features WORK Microwave’s Digital Optical Ground Station

We are very proud that NASA presents our Digital Optical Ground Station in their State-of-the-Art of Small Spacecraft Technology report!

NASA’s State-of-the-Art of Small Spacecraft Technology report, which provides an overview of the latest developments in the small satellite industry, has recognized our Optical Ground Station as a cutting-edge technology in chapter 11.10.2 section.

The report covers topics such as spacecraft design, launch systems, communication systems, and ground data systems, among others. Chapter 11.10 focuses specifically on ground data systems and mission operations, highlighting the critical role that ground stations play in enabling the flow of data between spacecraft and mission operators on Earth.

State-of-the-Art Optical Ground Station

Digital Optical Ground Station is an advanced system designed to receive and process laser communication signals sent from spacecraft in orbit down to Earth. The very narrow, tight laser beams (compared to RF wavelengths) result in the ability to deliver the same amount of signal power to much smaller collecting areas. The reduction in antenna size applies for ground and space receivers, which allows for power, size and mass reductions.

Being featured in NASA’s report is a significant achievement for WORK Microwave, as it demonstrates the company’s contribution to advancing the space industry through innovative and reliable technology.

“We are thrilled to be recognized in the NASA report for our Optical Ground Station technology,” said Thomas Fröhlich, CEO at WORK Microwave. “As the demand for multi Gbaud & Gbit optical links for both space-to-earth and earth-to-space directions continues to grow, Optical Ground Stations like ours will play a critical role in enabling  e.g. lunar missions or secure governmental communication.”

Overall, the State-of-the-Art of Small Spacecraft Technology report serves as a valuable resource for industry professionals and space enthusiasts alike, providing a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in small spacecraft technology. WORK Microwave’s inclusion in the report is a testament to the company’s commitment to advancing the industry and supporting space missions with cutting-edge technology.

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