Satellite Constellations

Satellite constellations are networks of several hundred to several thousand interlinked satellites that span the globe and which can deliver a secure broadband internet connection to any location on Earth.

Satellite Constellations
Inter-Satellite Link
Earth Observation

Inter-Satellite Link

Inter-satellite links provide the high-speed connection between the numerous satellites that make up space constellations. These connections are made up of lasers capable of exchanging large quantities of data between the satellites at great speed.

Link distances of over 4,000 km have to be bridged by equipment that must endure the extreme vibrations of a rocket launch followed by years of harsh radiation and the severe temperature conditions of outer space.

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Earth Observation

Earth Observation missions performed by satellites and from space stations monitor data about agriculture, greenhouse gases, shipping routes and a wide range of other factors. The more data that is recorded and transmitted back to Earth, the more precise are the resulting simulations – be it accurate weather forecasts or the flow of magma under the surface of the Earth.

Our Mission

Half the world has no access to the internet and existing connections are increasingly slow and insecure. The need for more connectivity grows daily with more devices demanding more data but it is too expensive and too impractical to extend current infrastructure or build new networks on the ground. So Mynaric looks to the skies for a solution. Sending high-speed internet down from satellites and airborne networks to the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet.

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Space-to-Ground Link

With an increasing number of Earth Observation satellites being launched into orbit every year, current technological limits mean that up to 30% of data collected about the planet is lost. Laser communication promises to resolve this bottleneck with ultra-high-speed space-to-ground links.

Space-to-Ground Link

What We Do

Mynaric is a laser communication company which develops and manufactures laser products allowing for high data rate and long-distance wireless data transmission between moving objects for terrestrial, airborne and space applications. Laser communication can be thought of as optical fiber for the skies and Mynaric’s products provide backbone connectivity to link aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), high altitude platforms (HAPs), satellites and their respective ground stations. They are designed to meet the demanding conditions of aerial and space applications and offer world class performance in terms of data rate, power consumption, size and weight.

Inter-Platform Link
High-Altitude Constellations
Air-to-Ground Link
Continuous Surveillance

Inter-Platform Link

Inter-platform links provide the high-speed connections between the numerous drones or balloons that make up high-altitude constellations. They are the data highways – so-called ‘backbone’ – of constellations handling the aggregated data of several hundred to several thousand end users simultaneously.

A very high pointing accuracy is needed to establish a connection between the moving platforms – equivalent to hitting a coin that is falling out of a pocket from a mile distance.

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High-Altitude Constellations

High-altitude constellations are communication networks consisting of laser-linked flying objects, such as drones or balloons, that stay aloft for several months at a time. They are capable of providing broadband internet connectivity for regions as large as entire countries and can be installed at short notice, for example as necessary in disaster relief scenarios.

Air-to-Ground Link

Air-to-ground links establish high-speed connections between airborne constellations or individual aircraft and ground stations using laser communication. They are used to establish a data highway to terrestrial network infrastructure or to downstream vast amounts of data.

Sophisticated software algorithms are needed to compensate for atmospheric distortions and allow reliable links to the ground.

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Continuous Surveillance

All kinds of airborne vehicles, such as UAVs (drones), balloons and airplanes, continuously generate enormous amounts of data for government agencies, commercial applications and for scientific purposes. Laser communication allows downstreaming of such data securely in real time for research and interpretation.

A History of Growth

Mynaric was founded in 2009 with the goal of commercializing wireless laser communication for aerospace applications. In 2012, Mynaric started working with customers on demonstrations of air-to-ground and air-to-air scenarios to advance technology and achieve product-level maturity. The growth of Mynaric’s market success has been reflected in the growth of the company – tripling the number of its staff since 2014 and, in 2016, expanding its business and establishing a North American office to serve customers in the USA and Canada. In 2017, Mynaric continued on its growth path with a flotation on the German stock exchange to raise growth capital to enter serial production.

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Airplane Constellations

Airplane constellations are laser-linked networks of airplanes which provide lightning fast in-flight WiFi connectivity and real-time access to maintenance data from the ground to improve predictive aircraft management for cockpit and ground maintenance teams.

Weather/Clouds

Adverse weather does not affect or hinder connections between space constellations or airborne constellations as all these communication scenarios take place above usual weather phenomena such as cloud, fog, rain and snow.

Airplane Constellations
Weather/Clouds

Work With Us

Mynaric offers career opportunities in a broad range of technical and non-technical areas. As part of the technical team you work on the development and production of next-generation optical communication systems that will shape communication networks of the future. As part of the non-technical team you make sure that this future actually happens. But no matter which area you work in, working at Mynaric always means being part of a talented and diverse team that pushes the technological state-of-the-art and works with distinguished partners around the world.

Temporary Reconnaissance

Ad hoc data such as airborne video feeds of disaster-struck areas provide life-saving insights and seasonal hyperspectral-images are used for agricultural crop monitoring and optimization. Laser communication helps to downstream the large amounts of data to compact fixed or mobile base stations located anywhere from a city center to the middle of the desert, if necessary.

Urban Connectivity

Cities are typically connected using existing fiber optic cabling and, unlike rural areas, currently do not desperately need connections from constellations. But not everybody lives in cities, not every city can afford deploying fiber optic cables in the ground and many assets and devices generate valuable data in some of the most remote locations on Earth.

Constellations address these problems by providing economic wide-area broadband connectivity from above the clouds.

Energy Infrastructure

Numerous energy sources operate in remote parts of the world or offshore which makes them difficult to monitor and maintain. As fixed broadband connections are not possible in most of these far reaches, the solution comes from communication constellations in the sky.

Rural Connectivity

In many rural areas it is quite simply not geographically possibly, or economically sensible, to lay fiber optic cables. In moving the delivery of data above the clouds, a feasible and cost-effective solution for these sparse and remote regions of Earth is achieved.

Space Ground Station

Optical ground stations for space receive the laser communication signals sent from Earth observation missions or satellite constellations and typically feed them to the existing terrestrial network infrastructure for further distribution.

They need to establish a reliable link to their counterpart in space within seconds as satellites in low Earth orbit can typically only be seen for a couple of minutes from a fixed location.

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Air Ground Station

Laser communication signals sent from airplanes, balloons and UAVs are received by compact optical ground stations for air.

The optical ground stations are so small they can fit on a van, allowing data analysis on-the-go, or they can sit on a building rooftop to connect to existing infrastructure.

 

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Mobile Coverage

When natural disasters occur, response teams need to communicate using systems unaffected by geological or meteorological phenomena such as earthquakes or hurricanes. In moving communications into the sky and beyond, internet access is available regardless of the situation on the ground.

Remote Connectivity

Tracking and communicating with ships in the middle of the oceans is a serious challenge for current communications infrastructure. Constellations offer solutions to these problems by allowing constant broadband communication with ships and maritime infrastructure such as oil rigs in the more remote regions on Earth.

Temporary Reconnaissance
Urban Connectivity
Energy Infrastructure
Rural Connectivity
Space Ground Station
Air Ground Station
Mobile Coverage
Remote Connectivity
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