Laser communication pioneer, Mynaric has announced an exclusive partnership with CEA Tech-Leti, for a key technological development in high-speed communication. The collaboration is aimed towards developing next generation of Avalanche Photodiodes (APD) for telecommunication systems that will allow for an improved performance level, far exceeding the already record-breaking values achieved by Mynaric’s laser communication products.
The development is a significant landmark and fundamentally increases the appeal of Mynaric’s laser communication products for large technical companies set on satellite and high-altitude constellations comprised of hundreds – and, in some cases, thousands – of units. The exclusive agreement positions Mynaric as prime supplier for these constellation networks of interconnected aircraft, drones and satellites.
Companies building constellations – in space, in the stratosphere, as well as in commercial airspace – will see numerous benefits reflected in this key upgrade to Mynaric’s laser communication systems with the technology yielding considerable improvements in distance and offering the potential to significantly decrease system complexity. Importantly for the aerospace industry, this reduced system complexity is expected to lead to lower production costs, size, weight and power consumption of Mynaric’s laser communication units, expanding the economic viability and market reach of laser communications.
The collaboration very effectively serves both organizations’ purposes with the technological benefits allowing Mynaric to make its products both cost effective and simpler thus aiding the up-scaling needed for serialization and Leti, yet again, successfully transferring a unique technological development into commercial viability. The exceptionally high-performance photo diode that has been developed by Leti offers sensitivity improvements at least 10 times greater than existing sensitivity. This allows for more than double the current link distance or significant simplification of systems.