IT House October 14 , Sony officially announced that Sony Computer Science Laboratory ( Sony CSL ) and KSAT successfully demonstrated the optical downlink from a space terminal ( ISS small optical link : SOLISS ) on the International Space Station ( ISS ) to KSAT's commercial optical ground station in Greece . The communication format used is consistent with the CCSDS (141.0-B-1 plus O3K Powder Book) space laser communication standards.
Sony's compact terminals will enable cost-effective ground and space communications solutions in the future. "This event is a great opportunity for KSAT to verify the performance of our first optical ground station and the beginning of the optical future," said Hennes Henniger, Director of Optical Solutions at KSAT. ”
The Greek KSAT optical ground station is the first site of the Optical Nucleus Network. The photonuclear network, an informal collaboration between space agencies and industry, will provide a network of optical ground stations serving optical terminals in space.
IT House learned that Sony CSL project leader Iwamoto said that although the optical download link from the SOLISS terminal to the ground was successfully demonstrated, this does not mean that the technology is fully operational. However, this experiment clearly demonstrates the possibility of commercializing communications from space to the ground through optics.