Mynaric GS-400 Optical Ground Station
Mynaric will be updating the market on its pioneering GS-400 Optical Ground Station at the Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen in November.
Now in the hands of lead customers who are utilising it for LEO-to-ground links, the GS-400 is – with minimal modification – fully compatible with any laser terminal operating in low Earth orbit.
The GS-400 is, at present, one of the only serially produced and commercially available laser ground station for space applications on the market.
And with an order-to-delivery turnaround time of less than three months, the GS-400 is the only viable and cost-effective option for those needing to send high-data rates from space to the ground.
The terminal is optimised for space-to-ground communication scenarios, such as airborne broadband internet, satellite earth observation and satellite constellation gateways flying below 1,400km altitude.
The GS-400 offers numerous benefits, all of which make it a far more enticing proposition compared to an RF solution:
• Ultra-high data rates: Up to 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) across hundreds of kilometres.
• Secure: Resistant to tapping, jamming and spoofing.
• License-free: No ITU frequency coordination required.
• Cost-efficient: Products serially produced, cost-efficient, and at low size, weight and power consumption. Low cost-per-bit compared to RF wireless communication.
Diversity offers widest link availability
In utilising multiple optical ground stations at different locations globally, link availability is virtually guaranteed.
The locations for the ground stations are selected so that their aggregate availability – that is, the availability of at least any one ground station – is statistically maximised by using historical weather data so, depending on ground station locations, and the number of ground stations, up to 100 per cent availability can be achieved.
Mynaric Lasercom GmbH will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo Europe 2019 at stand C102.