Building a global network using low cost satellites will enable internet access to millions of people in regions that aren’t currently being served. To be able to handle the huge amount of data would require RF spectrum that is at a premium along with the regulatory issues. Laser based communications technology offers extremely high data rates and is well suited for satellite to satellite links. However the challenge of maintaining highly reliable link connectivity requires precision optics and the ability to accurately point and track the laser.
Kaman’s KD-5100 differential system offers precision measurement of a dual axis fast steering mirror that makes point and tracking possible. The KD-5100 has space level heritage on a number critical platforms along with reliability data that includes radiation levels typical of 10 years on orbit.