Challenges are among others the signal disturbances by atmospheric index-of-refraction turbulence, signal attenuation and blocking by clouds and the very precise pointing controle of the mobile terminals.
Application areas for this technology which are investigated by OCG are:
Scientific subjects of OCG are among others:
The Group operates the Optical Ground Station Oberpfaffenhofen (OGS-OP) which has been used for successful communication trials with satellites (KIODO, TerraSAR-X-LCT), aircraft (VABENE, ARGOS, MINERVAA, ATENAA), and ground vehicles (project MOND).
From 2011 on a transportable Optical Ground Station (TOGS) will be available for global deployment and use in aeronautical and satellite link campaigns.
In 2009 the company “ViaLight Communications GmbH” was founded by three members of the institute. This spin-off aims at further developing and marketing of the institute’s technology in the optical domain towards commercial products. www.vialight.de