Concept

BEACON aims to enable the sustained entry of photonics inside satellites:

  • (a) Facilitate capacity upgrade of multi-beam telecommunication satellite payloads
  • (b) Address next generation coherent inter-satellite links with fully integrated and practical components

BEACON technology leverages terrestrial photonic integration technology and provides a scalable and power-efficient technology solution by combining silicon photonic, Gallium Arsenide and multi-core fiber-optic technologies. Using this component family, new photonic systems can be designed for operation in the demanding environment of space, providing high-capacity and considerable power and mass savings with respect to conventional repeater systems deployed today.