ViaLight now shipping MLT-70 Laser Terminal to the US

Our ESA BIC Bavaria alumni develops high-rate laser communication systems and now expands their market to the US.

The inaugural production units of ViaLight's innovative MLT-70 series of interplatform link terminals are rolling out of the company's production facilities and bound for customers in the U.S. Capable of providing up to 10 Gbps data rates over distances of more than 200 km, while surviving the harsh temperature and radiation environment experienced at 20 km altitudes, the MLT-70 is poised to transform backbone communications infrastructure as we know it.

The completion of these units also marks the christening of ViaLight's supply chain processes in preparation for full-scale production beginning in 2016. Having officially completed ISO 9001 certification in August, ViaLight's strategic move to production line-style manufacturing and a formalized supply chain system marks a first in the free-space optical communications industry. The results: guaranteed quality, rapid manufacturing times, and reduced costs to our customers. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

ViaLight Communications GmbH

ViaLight Communications (VLC) is a spin-off company of the German Aerospace Center DLR, founded in 2009. VLC develops and manufactures innovative high-rate laser communication systems (>1Gbps) for aerial applications. The MLT-20 is an extremely compact flight terminal (<5kg) for smaller UAV and helicopter platforms. The MLT-100 is capable of transmitting large data volumes between high-flying airship platforms and aircraft over distances of up to 600 kilometres, thus facilitating the creation of networks above the clouds.

VLC's target markets consist of customers who need to transmit large amounts of data (>1Gbps) in real time from flight platforms - an impossible feat for conventional radio communication systems (typically <10Mbps).

ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria

Vialight was incubated at the ESA BIC Bavaria from July 2010 to June 2012. The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That doesn't mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.

ESA's Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners - DLR, Airbus Defense and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land - provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.