Hellas Sat and Thales Alenia Space Collaborate to Advance Optics Development

Hellas Sat and Thales Alenia Space have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of an optical communication payload for the upcoming Hellas Sat 5 telecommunications satellite. This joint venture aims to provide cutting-edge communication services with high data rates from geostationary orbit.

The innovative payload will connect with various ground stations, including the Optical Ground Station of the National Athens Observatory in Greece, Optical Ground Stations in France, Optical Ground Stations of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Thales Alenia Space’s LEO HydRON telecommunication satellite.

Thales Alenia Space, with support from France Relance (CO-OP), CNES (DYSCO), and ESA (HydRON), is currently advancing the development of very high data rate capacities, up to 1 terabit/second, to overcome long distances from ground to geostationary orbit and cross-atmospheric turbulence.

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The MoU signing ceremony took place at Hellas Sat’s headquarters in Athens, Greece, with representatives from various organizations and authorities in attendance. Christodoulos Protopapas, CEO of Hellas Sat, expressed his honor to work with Thales Alenia Space again and introduce optical connectivity communication services to the market.

Marc-Henri Serre, Executive Vice President Telecommunications at Thales Alenia Space, shared his excitement about collaborating with Hellas Sat and other partners to develop optical communications payload. He believes this partnership marks the beginning of a new era in telecommunication services.

The Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Mr. Vassilis Kikilias, highlighted the significance of this collaboration in strengthening the cooperation between Greece and France. He mentioned that the Hellas Sat 5 satellite will provide new possibilities in fields such as early forecasting and the collection of scientific data.

Overall, this collaboration between Hellas Sat and Thales Alenia Space represents a significant step towards technological progress and the implementation of new communication technologies in the European and international market.