About us

Company History

Mynaric was founded in 2009 by former employees of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the goal to commercialise some decades worth of experience with wireless laser communication for aerospace applications.

Starting from 2012 did Mynaric Lasercom GmbH (former Vialight Communications GmbH) work with customers on demonstrations for air-to-ground and air-to-air scenarios to advance the technology and achieve product-level maturity. From there, Mynaric quickly established an international reputation for wireless laser communications for airborne applications and expanded its market reach to include a wide variety of world-class customers and suppliers. The growth of Mynaric’s market success is reflected in the growth of the company – tripling the number of staff since 2014.

In 2016, Mynaric expanded its business and established a North American office to serve customers in the USA and Canada. The Huntsville, USA, based  Mynaric USA, Inc. (former Vialight Space Inc.) supports American customers on special projects and necessary product modifications. The USA branch has significant involvement in the development of Mynaric’s space terminals specifically developed for low Earth orbit satellite constellations.

In 2017, Mynaric continued on its growth path with the establishment of a holding company, Mynaric AG, that functions as a management holding providing centralised services for the group. The brand Mynaric was established in September 2017 and superseded the former brand Vialight.

What we do

Mynaric offers laser communication solutions allowing 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 the 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

Management Board

Dr Wolfram Peschko (Chairman)

Dr Wolfram Peschko, Chief Executive Officer of Mynaric AG, has been with the Group since 2011 and heads the Strategy, Finance and General Management divisions.

He possesses more than 30 years of experience in senior management, gained at various companies with sales of more than €50 million and headcounts of up to 1,000 employees.

Dr Wolfram Peschko holds a doctorate in physics from TU Darmstadt and is a graduate of the renowned INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

Dr Markus Knapek

Dr Knapek is one of the co-founders of Mynaric and, as a Board Member of Mynaric AG, is responsible for Group strategy and operations. He has also been the CEO of Mynaric Lasercom GmbH since 2009, where he is driving forward business development.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked in technical sales for Siemens ICN in Moscow. From 2003 to 2011, he was employed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he focused on the development of optical ground stations and atmospheric channel models in the field of laser communication.

Dr Knapek holds an engineering doctorate from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a master’s degree from the City University of New York.

 

Joachim Horwath

Joachim Horwath is co-founder of Mynaric and, as CTO of Mynaric Lasercom GmbH, has led product development in the field of wireless laser communication since 2009. As a Board Member of Mynaric AG, he is responsible for the technical direction of the Group.

From 2002 to 2015 he worked for the Institute of Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He investigated atmospheric effects on coherent and incoherent laser communication systems and was responsible for developing a variety of aircraft laser terminals and ground stations.

Mr Horwath has a degree in electrical engineering from Graz University of Technology in Austria.

 

Advancing the state-of-the-art

Mynaric has strong ties with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), one of Germany’s largest research organizations. Through this ongoing cooperation, Mynaric can access leading research in free-space optical communication (FSO). The close relationship with the Optical Communication Group at the DLR allows for the development of high-end optical technologies while maximizing customer benefits.

Main areas of cooperation between DLR and Mynaric are:

  • Investigating laser communication with 100 Gbps and more
  • Next-generation terminal technologies (PAT, optics, materials)
  • Continued study of the optical atmospheric channel
  • Scientific work on future turbulence mitigation strategies (FEC, Coding, Adaptive Optics)
  • Study of future network topologies, architectures and applications
  • Development of enhanced Broadband Receiver Frontends & Laser
  • Ethernet Transceivers
  • Mutual support of demonstration campaigns

Highlights

Mynaric is the winner of the INNOspace Masters 2016 in the framework of the Airbus Defense and Space Challenge for its concepts on Laser Communication for Future LEO Constellations.