EPIC Meeting on New Space at ESA 2019 - Programme

Opening & Welcome

Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium - PDF - video

Torben Henriksen, ESA - European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF - video


New space focus on new innovative solutions that usually must be compatibles with low-orbit satellites and can provide new applications in the areas of telecommunications and sensing. In this session, the main challenges for photonic components in this market were discussed such as the mitigation of atmospheric turbulence, compensation of pointing error, and increasing of the power of feeder links to improve inter-satellite communication. Moreover, a new tool for earth observation based on a multispectral telescope combining VIS, NIR, SWIR and LWIR was presented together with technologies that enable the permanent alignment of optical components.

KEYNOTE: How to mitigate atmospheric turbulence without adaptive optics

Jean-François Morizur, CEO, Cailabs (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Space activities, from photonic components to whole equipments qualification

Jerome Hauden, R&D Team Manager, iXblue (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Photonics, COTS and new space: future challenges for radiation qualification

Jochen Kuhnhenn, Head of Nuclear Effects Unit, Fraunhofer INT (GERMANY) - PDF

Reliability considerations on photonics parts for new space applications

Juan Barbero, Technical Manager, ALTER Technology (SPAIN) - PDF - video

Transforming space optics by integrating innovative monolithic optical systems

Itai Vishnia, CEO, PLX (USA) - PDF - video

Access to intelligent space technologies

Luis Jose Salazar-Serrano, Optics Payload & Operation Specialist, Aistech Space, (Spain) - PDF - video


In this Session, the last developments in LIDAR for New Space applications were discussed, including i) a doppler wind LIDAR using UV laser in which software tools reduce the background to improve quality of weather forecast and ii) solid-state imaging LIDAR for close proximity navigation to support robotic approach for medium size satellites that can be used for refuelling missions, space debris removal or planetary exploration.

KEYNOTE: Aeolus – 1st wind lidar in space

Thomas Kanitz, Payload Performance Engineer, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF

KEYNOTE: Solid-state imaging LIDAR for close proximity navigation in the new generation of medium size satellites

Jordi Riu Gras, CEO, Beamagine (SPAIN) - PDF - video

LIDAR technology: from automotive to new space

Pierre Chazan, Regional Sales Manager, First Sensor (FRANCE) - PDF

From LIDAR to optical atomic clocks: building blocks for optical frequency references in space

Hanjo Schaefer, Project Manager, Spacetech (GERMANY) - PDF


Challenges of the permanent increase of volume of data to be exchanged at higher speed rates for mobile, fixed, commercial and military users are discussed in this session. The main conclusions of this session were i) RF transmission dominates in space communication; the required components are resistant to shocks, vibrations and different kind of radiations, however, there are some issues regarding RF spectrum congestion and interferences between systems, ii) lightwave-based transmission is an alternative to RF, presenting much smaller diffraction-induced losses due to the much shorter wavelength, however a technical solution to overcome clouds issues for laser communications will be needed, and iii) it is necessary an initiative to trigger discussions about how to establish photonics components interface standardisation in the industrial community.

KEYNOTE: Optical communications: ESAs plans for SPACE19+

Harald Hauschildt, ARTES ScyLight Programme Manager, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF - video

Sensitive optical receiver for space communication

Peter Andrekson, Professor, Chalmers University (SWEDEN) - PDF - video

Space grade optoelectronic components for free-space and fibre-optic RF and digital datalinks

Ronald Logan, VP & CTO, Glenair (USA) - PDF - video

KEYNOTE: Next steps in optical communication in space

Ludovic Blarre, Future Telecom Systems – Optical Communications Manager, Airbus (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Photonic integrated circuits for optical communication in space

Michael Geiselmann, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ligentec (SWITZERLAND) - PDF - video

Recap and introduction to the 2nd day

Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium


The different cameras and sensors available for New Space and their applications in urbanism, smart agriculture, mineral resources prospect, fire prevention, pollution surveillance and ship detection were discussed. It can be concluded that i) there is a need for a strong European supply chain for QWIP and T2SL detectors for optical gas imaging, ii) SWIR cameras have a broad applicability including earth monitoring, optical telecommunications and space exploration, and iii) space qualified UV sensors including nanostructure anti-reflection coatings can be used for environmental monitoring without being affected by UV background. Other exciting topics discussed were qualified multi-spectral filter arrays (UV-LWIR), interferometric sensing for long displacement using inexpensive semiconductor laser sources and monitoring of space debris by laser-based methods that could even allow efficient collision avoidance manoeuvres.

Multispectral arrays (UV – LWIR) for compact optical space instruments

David Harrison, Business Development Manager, Materion Precision Optics (USA) - PDF - video

QWIP and T2SL infrared detectors keep all their promises

Eric Costard, CTO, IRnova (SWEDEN) - PDF

SWIR imaging latest developments, a focus on space applications

Simon Ferré, SWIR Sensor Engineer, New Imaging Technologies (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Compact solid state sensors for UV space astronomy

David J.Rogers, Director, Nanovation (FRANCE)

Distance measurements beyond the coherence length of lasers

Yves Salvadé, Professor, Haute Ecole ARC Ingénierie (SWITZERLAND)

Security of space assets by monitoring of space debris with lasers

Gerd Wagner, Physicist, German Aerospace Center (DLR) (GERMANY)

Hyperspectral imaging for Earth Observation: from microsatellites to constellation of nanosatellites

Eneka Idiart-Barsoum, CEO, ENEKA Consulting (FRANCE) - PDF - video


New quantum clock technologies have push precision in many space applications such as inertial sensors, magnetic field measurement, gravity field measurement and geodesy. In this session, different technologies for the development of atomic clocks were presented such as Bragg Range Michelson Mode Sector, and also the importance of extremely stable and narrow linewidth for the laser sources was highlighted.

KEYNOTE: Future payloads for space- exploiting new possibilities with integrated photonics

Eamon Murphy, Engineering Directorate, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF

The challenges in developing lasers for quantum applications

Mark Mackenzie, Sr. R&D Engineer, UniKLasers (UNITED KINGDOM) - PDF - video

Lasers for quantum optics: from laboratory into real life – and into space?

Thomas Renner, CSO/Member of Board, TOPTICA Photonics (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Packaging for space & quantum technologies

Mark Day, Business Development Manager – Quantum Technologies, Optocap (UNITED KINGDOM) - PDF - video

Quantum information processing with PICs

Jelmer Renema, CTO, QuiX (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF - video


In this Session, the last developments in PICs manufacturing and products have been presented including i) the new service for ramping up volume of products based on InP chips, ii) fabrication techniques based on ultrafast laser inscription , iii) new materials able to avoid surface contamination on space devices and iv) the development of new automatized tools to ramp up production of PIC based products.

PhotonDelta the integrated photonics ecosystem & integrated modules in space

Ewit Roos, CEO, PhotonDelta (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF

Novel sources and systems for space

John-Mark Hopkins, Deputy Head of Centre, Fraunhofer UK (UNITED KINGDOM) - PDF - video

Inpulse pilot line for indium phosphide photonic integration – opportunities for aerospace

Martijn Heck, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (DENMARK) - PDF - video

Integrated planar waveguides for high speed data communication and sensing in space applications

Felix Betschon, CEO, vario-optics (SWITZERLAND) - PDF - video

Maturity of automated assembly and testing of PICs enables solutions for LiDAR, transceivers and RF photonics in aerospace

Ignazio Piacentini, Director Business Development, ficonTEC Service (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Electronics and optoelectronic devices through advanced materials

Marco Moraja, Business Manager, SAES Getters (ITALY) - PDF - video

InP components for communication and sensing in space

Pascal Rustige, Research Associate, Fraunhofer HHI (GERMANY) - PDF

All-in-glass packaging for VCELS and other optical systems in harsh environments

Ville Hevonkorpi, Managing Director, SCHOTT Primoceler (FINLAND) - PDF - video