Roadmap to flight
The impact of the proposed research and development will be that relevant and competitive key photonic payload equipment will become available and mature (TRL5) before the end of 2020. This will be the time that satellite manufacturers and operators can start choosing to incorporate this key enabling technology in the architecture of their advanced OISL-based constellations.
Such a short path from lab to market is possible because the SODaH project has built-in design to cost, design to manufacturing and SWaP targets. The first commercial order triggers a detailed product development and qualification phase that typically lasts 2 years. Thus, the first serial hardware could be delivered as soon as late 2022 before production ramps up.