asteroza + aviation + communication   2

Mynaric – Connectivity for the skies and beyond
air-to-air mesh, air-to-ground via gateway terminal, and air-to-space. Plus allegedly supplying StarLink/SpaceX, as well as Facebook's drones
space  lasercomm  freespace  optical  laser  communication  aviation  aircraft  satellite 
july 2018 by asteroza
Sunlight Photonics
Their US patent 8224189 is interesting, basically a laser retroreflector with a flickering blocker/moderator, much like an externally lit LCD screen. Modulating the blocker means a ground based laser can receive data from the UAV via modulated reflection from the corner retroreflector skin, which is probably much lower power than a RF transmitter or onboard comms laser. WOnder what the data rate is though.
SUNLINK-5  solar  electric  UAV  surveillance  communication  relay  LALE  MALE  HALE  aviation  aircraft  vehicle  hardware  electronics  devices  Delicious 
june 2014 by asteroza

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