Lasercom is required to connect satellite constellations at high speeds which is not possible with RF equipment. ORIONAS aims to provide the technology that will disrupt the way lasercom systems are designed, built and tested and hit the right C-SWAP targets. Using a photonic BiCMOS integration platform, ORIONAS will squeeze lasercom transceivers into a few mm2 demonstrating modulator/driver electronic-photonic IC (ePIC) being > 2 orders of magnitude smaller than state-of-the-art space (SOTA) qualified modulators and receiver ePICs being 3 orders of magnitude smaller than conventional free space optics receivers used in current lasercom modems. ORIONAS will develop a Hi-rel packaging technology to deliver all-laser weldable, hermetic transceivers that will be 20 times faster and 16 times smaller than current SOTA lasercom systems and with power dissipation in the order of a few pJ/bit. ORIONAS will system integrate the ePIC and SOA modules into its lasercom mini-modem platform and will test it within the test facilities of the end user.



Project partners

  • LEO Space Photonics R&D, Greece
  • Thales Alenia Space France, France
  • Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited, UK
  • III-V LAB, France
  • Lusospace, Projectos Engenharia LDA, Portugal Thales Alenia Space Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni, Italy
  • Optocap Ltd., UK

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