Mynaric introduces CONDOR Mk3

This Space News was published on Wed, 25.08.2021 – 15:21 CEST, covering Mynaric

Numerous satellite constellations are designed to enable communication on Earth via space. The best-known example is high-speed Internet available worldwide. High demands are placed on the possible data transmission rates. With conventional technology, however, these are clearly limited. Communication by means of lasers, on the other hand, promises significantly higher bandwidths. The Gilching-based company Mynaric has now presented the next generation of optical communication terminals for satellite applications at the 36th Space Symposium (August 23-26, 2021, Colorado Springs, USA).

As shown in an animation, data exchange is to take place via lasers between satellites, drones and ground stations. The possible distance between the individual terminals is given as 7,500 km. So what was previously only possible in theory is now becoming reality. Mynaric is the first company to prove that the Optical Intersatellite Link (OISL) technology actually works. According to the company, the data rates of the CONDOR Mk3 terminal can be configured between 100 Mbps and 100 Gbps. In addition, it can be mass-produced, consumes less power, and is smaller and lighter. All of these improvements over the previous Mk2 model are in response to customer and industry feedback, according to Mynaric.

From left to right: Bulent Altan (CEO), Tina Ghataore (CCO) and Joachim Horwath (CTO) with the CONDOR Mk3 at the 36th Space Symposium; © Mynaric
CONDOR Mk3 - Optical communication terminal for satellite applications (rendering); © Mynaric

According to the company, there is already an initial customer for the Mk3. Who will be the first to use the technology, however, was not named. What is known, however, is that the first terminals are expected to be delivered from the 4th quarter of 2022, and the customer has also secured options for a further 20 units.

"There is a growing need for high-performance, high-bandwidth, secure and reliable connectivity in and from space. With our newest generation space product we are proud to be part of the formula for creating solutions addressing this need. CONDOR Mk3 terminals can be serially produced, ensuring affordability and allowing for large-scale deployment with short lead times for a variety of space applications."

Bulent Altan, CEO Mynaric

Mynaric's products are manufactured both in Germany and in the USA. A production facility was only opened in Oberpfaffenhofen in June 2021. However, as early as August 11, CCO Tina Ghataore announced that manufacturing will also take place in the greater Los Angeles area (California, USA) in the future. This could give Mynaric access to government orders from the United States, one of the conditions of which is that the products be manufactured in the USA.

In the long term, Mynaric plans to build a satellite constellation for data transmission. The company was founded in 2009 by former employees of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Back in 2013, a technology demonstration for data transmission via laser was successful. In 2019, Bulent Altan, former vice president of SpaceX's Starlink, joined Mynaric as CEO.

via Mynaric

Header Image Credit: Mynaric
Written by M. Weissflog

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