In the last years, photonics is gaining a key enabling technology in space engineering. Optical, opto-electronic, and photonic payloads are currently widely utilized especially for earth observation, sensing and several new payloads based on the same technologies are in the development stage. It is expected that in the next decade, photonics will gain an important role in other sub-system such as data processing/handling and the communications ones.
The purpose of this EPIC event at ESA “photonics at final frontier”, is to critically review the main and most promising emerging technologies addressing new space applications. We will make highly relevant experts from the industry, but also from the R&D, meet together to bring the discussion to another level.
The future of space will be discussed trough 5 sessions, from space-based Lidar technologies, to optical links for inter- and intra- spacecraft communications, including new development for earth observation. We will set up the stage with a session on the role of Human in space exploration, and close the event with a session regarding emerging trends for NewSpace.
Event booklet including participants biographies, photos and companies descriptions is available HERE