Experts forecast a fast growth in optical and quantum communications over the next decade.

The development of these technologies will be instrumental for companies and countries to build secure data computing and connectivity systems and make ensure future digital sovereignty.

The current stakeholders are European Governments and institutions, as well as Satcom operators, as well satellite and payload primes getting their business models ready for the new paradigm imposed by optical and quantum communication. 

ESA’s Space for Optical & Quantum Communications strategic programme line combines public and private forces to contribute to  develop space-based optical communication technologies – in particular through its ScyLight hallmark project.

Space for Optical & Quantum Communications tackles new markets, reinvents financing models, and paves the way to take innovative business models downstream to market maturity.