The LCT135 with its 135 mm narrow aperture is the smallest terminal in the geostationary orbit. Working in a daily routine it is the powerhouse within the European Data Relay System called SpaceDataHighway. Under the ESA ScyLight program Tesat-Spacecom has now spawned the next evolution step for our well known GEO Laser Communication Terminals LCT135, by further developing and implementing new additional features to make even more applications possible. Therefore the GEO LCT135 will get – beside other new features – a data rate upgrade to nearly 4 Gbps, and a flexible and switchable mode between LEO and GEO scenarios to enable laser links over distances of 80,000 km in space in just seconds.

LCT135 © Tesat-SpacecomNot only being the driving force inside the EDRS and the only ever space approved Laser Communications technology the LCT135 celebrates this year its 10th anniversary, looking back to the first ever established laser link between two moving satellites in space on 21st of February, 2008. The anniversary doesn’t just mark a retrospective milestone, it also stands proof for longtime quality and reliability of products made by Tesat-Spacecom, as our Laser Communication Terminals are performing successfully over all this time; making it the best solution for resilient and protected GEO Communication Backbone Systems – where reliability and performance counts.

180131 scylight logo © ESAAbout the ESA ScyLight program
Since the commercial take-up of optical technologies is believed to be the next breakthrough inside the satellite communication market, ESA is trying to address the need for the ever-increasing data rate and secure communication. To support European and Canadian industry, ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology) was tailored and launched.

All in all the program is dealing with objectives to address the development, demonstration and utilisation of innovative technologies for satellite communication, by simultaneously seeking new market opportunities.

Tomorrow, on the 25th January, at 23:20 CET (live stream starts at 22:05 CET) an Ariane 5 ECA will launch two satellites - the SES-14 and the Al Yah 3 - into a geostationary transfer orbit. A rocket launch per se is a event you don't want to miss, but - needless to say - for us it's always a very special moment when our equipment gets shot into space, such as a variety of Ku- and Ka-Band OMUXes, IMUXes, Switches, Filters and MPMs.

While Airbus Defence and Space was prime contractor for SES-14, the satellite's mission is to provide direct-to-home cable and broadcasting services, aeronautical and maritime connectivity, broadband internet and cellular backhaul services for Latin America, North America, The Caribbean, North Atlantic, Western Europe and The Mediterranean. Orbital ATK was prime for the Al Yah 3, which main tasks are in the area of broadband and connectivity services for Brazil and Africa.

You can follow the live stream directly through the embedded video below or via this link: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4yt8rr.

More information regarding the launch or both satellites can be found on the mission website from arianespace: http://www.arianespace.com/mission/ariane-flight-va241/

Today at 11:27 am CET the European Sentinel-5P satellite of the Copernicus program starts with a Rockot from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. In addition to the great fact that this launch is one of the few that takes place during the day and you do not have to stay up late or get up early, the mission of the Sentinel 5P is a remarkable one:

With its state-of-the-art Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument (Tropomi), it measures a variety of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols. All of which affect our air in any way, influencing our health and our climate and making it so a very important mission for us and our planet.

In addition to the X-band subsystem, Tesat-Spaceom also provided several TTC transponders, which amongst other things take care of the correct positioning of the satellite in orbit.

You can follow the live stream directly through the embedded video below the article.

 

 

PI1283 – Backnang, 12.09.2017: Tesat-Spacecom GmbH announced today that it will produce and market an interoperable version of its space based Laser Communication Terminal (LCT). The interoperable terminal will be able to communicate in both 1064nm and 1550nm wavelengths.

Tesat-Spacecom and BridgeSat Announce Partnership to Provide Total Optical Communications Solution for Commercial Satellite Operators

PI1284 – Backnang, Germany, and Boston, Massachusetts, USA (September 11, 2017) — Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Tesat) and BridgeSat, Inc. (BridgeSat), announced today an agreement to jointly develop a solution enabling interoperability between Tesat’s heritage Laser Communications Terminals (LCT) and BridgeSat’s global optical communications ground network.

The topic of counterfeit semiconductors and other faked high-tech components has become increasingly explosive in today's world and the latest technical developments. Just last week the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF helps partners seize over one million counterfeit semiconductors in major Joint Customs Operation, 03.07.17) and international media reported about a century coup of European customs surveys and the securing of millions of counterfeit semiconductors.

A Falcon 9 takes communication satellite Inmarsat-5 F4 into geostationary orbit

PI1281 – Backnang, 16.05.2017: When the countdown for the last of the four Inmarsat-5 satellites starts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it is just after 1 am Central European time. The engines ignite, the rocket lifts off, and shortly thereafter: frenetic cheers. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from the US space company SpaceX under the leadership of Elon Musk has been successful and the valuable cargo is on its journey.

When the Tesat-Spacecom supplier award was launched in 2008, one would never have expected it to become so popular over the years. Although the coveted award presupposes a supplier evaluation, which continuously tests all relevant aspects in the supplier's company, this is a comparatively low price for the rare honor.

A total of 23 young women followed the call of the space company to this year's Girls Day

PI1280 – Backnang, 27.04.2017: At 9:30 am, the curious young girls dived, or rather "were lifted", into the world of Tesat-Spacecom - taget destination: Outer Space. An introduction to the product world around and from Tesat by Petra Schumacher, Head of Strategic Management, deepened the understanding of the benefits of space technology. Furthermore she explained to the girls, which value the work from Tesat has for the environment, the nature and the whole world. Shortly thereafter a film presentation and a lecture followed, which took the girls by the hand and drew the big picture.

For the second time in a row, the Tesat Parts Agency was awarded with the "Supplier of the Year" award in the category "Value-Add Supplier" by Rockwell Collins. The US aerospace company awards the prize – it could almost be called a trophy – in a total of ten categories, although not every category is awarded if there is no corresponding performance. We can therefore be particularly proud of the fact that we have been repeatedly selected from hundreds of suppliers worldwide.