Airbus Netherlands and TNO partner towards the realisation of optical satellite communication

At the inaugural event of the new Airbus production facility for space technology, Airbus Netherlands and TNO announced their cooperation for the development of a next-generation optical ground stations in the gigabit range. This is an important step towards the realisation of optical satellite communication. Almost all the data connections in space are based on radio-frequency electromagnetic waves. The new systems for optical satellite communication use laser light to make communications faster, more secure and cheaper. Continue reading “Airbus Netherlands and TNO partner towards the realisation of optical satellite communication”

SAVE THE DATE: Photonics Applications Week 2019, 30 Sept – 4 Oct

SAVE THE DATE: the next edition will take place from 30 September to 4 October 2019 in the Brainport Region (Eindhoven / Helmond, The Netherlands).

Unlike other photonics events Phapps Week is all about practice, not theory. During the workshops, exhibitions, lectures, networking events, debates and hackathons you get first-hand experience and insight into how the fast growing field of photonics can benefit your business and industry.

Phapps Week focuses on the following 8 application areas: Health Care | IoT & Autonomous Systems | IT & Telecom | Agri & Food | Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 | Aerospace & Military | Consumer Electronics & Lighting | System Integration /Integrated Photonics/Human Resources/Finance

Network with business peers and photonics experts to learn how your company can stay ahead of the innovation curve. Exchange your market demand with professionals from the photonics industry and see how they can help you, instead of the other way around!

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2 October, Workshop ‘AeroSpace and Communication’

This workshop initiated by ASTRON, LioniX international, NLR, ad Technobis, is all about photonics in Aerospace. The organisers will bring in their respective knowhow how to apply this technology in severe circumstances. The workshop is being held in High Tech Campus Eindhoven Conference Center.

How to ‘feel pain’ in materials

Composites: much used, but hard to understand

Composites are extremely strong and light materials because they are a combination of polymers, and glass or carbon fibers (which give the material greater strength). Composites are used in a whole range of applications: in aircraft (for example in the mechanics of the wing flaps and in fact in 40% of all of the aircraft’s components), as the base material for carbon-framed bikes, in Formula 1 racing cars (about 85% of a Formula I car is made from composite material), for the blades on wind turbines, in pressure vessels for storing gas, in prostheses, boats, electric cars – and so much more. Space flight is starting to show a growing interest in composites, too. Continue reading “How to ‘feel pain’ in materials”