ScyLight Industry Day - The Netherlands

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” comes with an increasing pace of development and digitalisation, driven - and enabled by vast amounts of data. Already today, the limitations of conventional networks impact the deployment and end user service capacity, and today’s Satellite Communication Market must innovate in an ever more digital and connected global market. 

Optical Communication Technologies are revolutionising traditional, radiofrequency-based space services and could integrate future Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS) and mega-constellations into terrestrial fibre networks. Not limited by the bottle neck of overlapping and expensive radio frequencies for data up and download, and featuring significantly higher connection speeds than traditional frequencies, the future of Satcom is optical.

ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme enables European and Canadian industry to develop innovative products, services, applications and even whole systems that give them a leading edge in a highly competitive global market. The Strategic Programme Line (SPL) on Optical and Quantum Communication “ScyLight” was conceived to support and stimulate the next frontier for space-based communications of the future. 

The Dutch ScyLight Industry Day will invite space sector newcomers and established actors alike to discuss current ESA activities and opportunities for Dutch industry in optical and quantum communication in an in-person event. Hosted by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), ESA will present its vision towards the upcoming Ministerial Council of ESA (CM22), as well as technology roadmaps, and current plans for a high-throughput optical space network (HydRON). Being on site once more after a long time hidden behind screens, ESA and TNO are hoping for an open and stimulating discussion among participants. 
Due to the limitations imposed by the currently ongoing pandemic, the event will require registration and not everyone will be able to participate in person. Participants may present their capabilities or their business focus. We welcome pitches, technical talks as well as new ideas for partnerships, technologies that are currently missing from roadmaps and to showcase commercial collaboration opportunities. Please indicate your wishes in your registration. 


The event will be hosted by TNO at their facility in Delft. More details will follow. The event will take place on 7 April and is foreseen to last for half a day. Lunch will be provided by TNO.  

08:30    09:00    Venue access + welcome coffee
09:00    10:15    Opening session
              On site welcome by Hosts TNO and workshop overview
              Welcome by Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO)
              Welcome by SPL managers
              Optical and Quantum Communication - ScyLight and the road to CM22
              SPL “Space Systems for Safety & Security (4S)” - Overview and vision for CM22
              TNO - Talk 
              Q&A to hosts, NRO and ESA
10:15    10:35    Break
10:35    13:05    HydRON & pitches
             ESA HydRON presentation
             Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) - HydRON Phase A/B1
             Thales Alenia Space (TAS) - HydRON Phase A/B1
             Talks and pitches
13:00    Light lunch break and networking


Users wishing to attend the event will be asked to register below. Registration is free of costs, but there will be a preselection of attendees by ESA and TNO. 


Participants will be asked to agree to the ESA Privacy Notice and Consent form ( ) and to sharing their names with TNO site for site access / fire safety reasons.  

Published 16 March 2022
Last updated at 22 March 2022 - 08:42