Optical and quantum technologies will revolutionize connectivity on a global scale. They will boost the performance, security and resilience of our systems exponentially, and help us safeguard our data at levels which previously were unconceivable.
ESA`s strategic programme line Space for Optical & Quantum Communications kickstarts the development of these disruptive technologies, supports the industry with research, initiates studies, plans pilots, and defines critical technology roadmaps. It bundles and strengthens Europe’s diverse, often early-stage and startup activities in this nascent market segment, and intends to bring these emerging technologies and businesses to maturity and commercial fruition as quickly as possible. The programme line focuses on the development of optical inter satellite links, space to ground links, airborne optical terminals, optical ground stations and photonics for super-performant optical up- and downlinks.
Optical & Quantum Communications: We are the laboratory, we are the incubator, we are the enabler of Europe’s future in space.
News and Events
The UK ScyLight Industry Day is an online event bringing together companies and research organisations alike with an interest in optical communication and photonics to discuss current opportunities for UK industry.
On the 8th and 9th June 2021, the 4th annual ScyLight workshop took place online. This year the annual event took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the event was attended by 284 attendees, totalling 382 registrations to the…
Project INDIGO, a flagship ESA Public Private Partnership (PPP), is wrapping up on a high note after five successful years and an impressive track record of commercial success. It’s the end of a project that has seen telecom services reach new…
Keeping information secure in today’s interconnected world is becoming ever more important, so ESA is supporting efforts to ensure that future communications are kept confidential.
The design for a series of telecommunications satellites that can be completely repurposed after launch has just been completed.
The standardised OneSat satellites for the highly competitive global commercial telecommunications market are…
Flight passengers will soon be able to connect to their families and colleagues on Earth via low-orbit telecommunications satellites. They will develop in-flight connectivity terminals that will work over OneWeb’s constellation of low-Earth orbit…
Join us at the European Space Agency’s first ever Space2Connect conference taking place between 11 to 14 October 2021. This virtual event will be streamed from ESA ESTEC in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, and we invite you…