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On 12 July 2017, the first Industry Day dedicated to introducing the ScyLight roadmap took place at ESTEC, ESA's technical facility located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Attendees comprising industrial representatives of ESA Member States, academic researchers, ESA staff members, and ESA national delegates discussed the future of optical communications and provided inputs to the roadmap for Optical Communication Technologies and space based Quantum Cryptography applications.
With the possibility to both present their ideas on the future of Optical communications and hold bilateral discussions with ESA, a wide range of activities were presented by European industry and researchers.
“The workshop reflected great interest in Optical Communication Technologies in the satcom arena and presented the capabilities of the European and Canadian Industry in this field.” says ESA’s Harald Hauschildt, the ScyLight Programme Manager. “The information gathered at the workshop, together with additional discussions planned in the near future, will help to define the technical roadmap on satcom-related Optical Communication Technologies and will foster cooperation among industrial partners and researchers in this challenging domain.”
During the course of the workshop, the community clearly expressed the need for in-orbit demonstrations to prove the maturity to potential users of the technologies addressed in the ScyLight thematic lines.
The presentations from this event may downloaded below.