In orbit demonstration plans for an optical satellite link between a CubeSat and a ground terminal at TNO

Rudolf Saathof, Arjan J.H. Meskers*, Floris Van Kempen, Gert Witvoet, Wim Korevaar, Dorus De Lange, Will Crowcombe, Erik Fritz, Martin Van De Pol

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Optical satellite communications is a maturing technology to enable word-wide access to high throughput internet. In the past years a lot of effort has been taken to increase the applicability and the TRL of this technology. In collaboration with industry, TNO initiated several developments for space and ground technologies. Many of these technologies have already passed critical design review (CDR) and are in an advanced state. A missing piece of the puzzle is an in orbit demonstration (IOD), which proves the technologies to be working. This paper presents the plans for an IOD with CubeCAT on the NorSat-TD. As ground segment the TNO optical communications lab is equipped with an 80 cm diameter telescope. By an successful IOD, worldwide available internet at high throughput is yet one step closer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFree-Space Laser Communications XXXIII
EditorsHamid Hemmati, Don M. Boroson
ISBN (Electronic)9781510641914
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventFree-Space Laser Communications XXXIII 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 6 Mar 202111 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceFree-Space Laser Communications XXXIII 2021
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • In orbit demonstration
  • Optical satellite communications


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