The Dutch SME develops and produces precision optomechanical instruments. The instruments are built as a module and incorporated into a larger system, such as a satellite or ground station, in which they make a crucial contribution to laser-based satellite communication. This is an advanced form of communication that solves the current problems and limitations of radio frequency communications. Satellite communication via laser is more efficient, faster and more secure and, in the long term, it will be the preferred technology for quantum key distribution.
As experts in opto-mechatronics, the Dutch SME has been closely involved in the European space program since 2014. Based on their know-how and technology the first next generation laser based communication modules for satellite applications have been realized. Since then, laser communication technology for the aerospace market has developed explosively.
The SME is ready and stand-by for market players who are committed to new forms of satellite communication. More specific the SME is currently working on the development and production of laser communication terminals for various types of satellites, such as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and the rapidly emerging nanosatellites (Cubesats).
The Dutch SME is interested in a manufacturing agreement with technical assistance for transferring the know-how, instruments, modules or parts thereof.
The desired partners are prime space contractors that know how to comply with space requirements and programs. The partner is expected to deliver the first concept specifications, to be a co-developer and to deliver the final test specifications just before activating the application in space.