European plans to develop key new satcom technologies are advancing thanks to a pair of projects in Germany and Spain. Late last month, German aerospace center DLR contracted with Tesat Spacecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, to develop a GEO-based laser terminal that could serve as a communications relay for spacecraft operating in low Earth orbit (LEO). Current systems, such as the U.S. Tracking and Data Relay System and the Silex terminal on the European Space ...


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