The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has ordered a ground station from Cailabs as part of the NODES (Network of Optical stations for Data Transfer to Earth from Space) optical communication project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Scientific Expert Committee of the Swedish company SSC has selected Cailabs to supply a first ground station, strengthening the ground segment for the optical communication market of the future. Cailabs is now positioned as one of the first private companies in Europe to own and operate a ground station. Within the framework of the Keraunos project1 , Cailabs designed and built a pilot ground station, which was installed this summer at the company’s new headquarters in Rennes.

Thanks to its know-how and investment in optical communications, Cailabs is now able to offer industrial optical ground stations that meet market standards. These ground stations enable reliable and high throughput communication, thanks to the unique atmospheric turbulence compensation component (TILBA-ATMO by Cailabs), which is integrated and easily embedded, unlike other technologies.

“We are proud to be part of the advancements within this fast-moving industry segment. While the market for optical communication is still young, the need for moving to this unlicensed part of the spectrum if greater than ever. In the coming years our ambition is to offer industry-leading ground station capabilities within optical communication. This first station establishment together with Cailabs is a major step towards this realization,”

says Hanna Sundberg, SSC Lead System Architect Optical Communications and Project Manager for the NODES project.

“We are pleased that a private company and major space player like SSC is positioning itself with an agile company like Cailabs, which will deliver a ground station within a short timeframe of one year. This positions Cailabs as a leading supplier of complete optical ground stations in a growing market,”

says Fabien Ghez, Sales Director at Cailabs.