C-3PO (Advanced Concept for laser uplink/ downlink CommuniCation with sPace Objects)
C3PO: advanced Concept for laser uplink/ downlink CommuniCation with sPace Objects represents a radical improvement in performance of existing ground to low earth orbit communication systems in terms of weight reduction, on-board power consumption, data rate and communication security & confidentiality.The proposed project serve the Union’s Common Security & Defence Policy by increasing the satellite communications security.
Role of Astri Polska in the project: Astri Polska is responsible for development of satellite tracking algorithm and software, which will operate ground station (laser emitter + detector with telescope) at DLR.
Development of the software will be accompanied with extensive numerical modelling of laser beam propagation in the atmosphere.
Consortium: Airbus Defence & Space (coordinator), EADS UK, Deuches Zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR), Acreo Swedish, Astri Polska, University of Oxford, TEMATYS