Drs. Kees Buijsrogge
- Scientific instrumentation
- Earth observation
- Remote sensing
- Optical Satellite Communication
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Airbus Netherlands and TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, both recognise the large potential that this new market for fast and safe optical satellite communication offers. Based on its heritage in space instrumentation and semiconductor equipment, TNO develops technologies for optical communications terminals. Airbus Netherlands will industrialise this technology towards an optical communication ground station.
As a first step Airbus Netherlands and TNO sign a contract to jointly develop and build a prototype of a gigabit optical terminal in the next year. “Optical communication via satellites will further enable the ever increasing, worldwide data flows. With this partnership we take a lead in the development of cutting-edge communication terminals”, says Arnaud de Jong, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands.
By combining the unique technological knowledge of TNO with the industrial expertise of Airbus Netherlands and that of the Dutch high-tech supplier industry, the partners believe to be able to seize the opportunity the exponentially growing demand for connectivity and secure communications provides. “Optical satellite communication is a next major business opportunity for the Dutch high-tech industry, building further on the rich heritage of space and optical knowhow present in The Netherlands”, says Arnold Stokking, Managing Director Industry at TNO.