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Optical Satellite Communications: The Future Is Bright

January 29, 2018

While some satellite communications providers are exploring the possibility of “moving on up” to higher-frequency RF bands, like the less-crowded V band, there is another alternative: Skip the RF spectrum altogether and use lasers to downlink big data. Space-to-ground optical communications are just now becoming commercially viable, offer real benefits to satellite operators and their customers, and represent an enormous market opportunity within the evolving satellite industry.

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