In the first phase of the project, the DLR team is contributing a test system on the ground that will connect various quantum sources and receivers. To this end, the scientists can draw on their own earlier developments: In particular, the system technology of the OSIRISv3 laser communication terminal will be used as the basis of the transmitting unit for quantum communication, while on the receiver side developments from the THRUST multi-terabit per second transmission system will be used. Results of the first project phase are expected by the end of 2020.
The QuNET research network includes the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering as coordinator, the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI), the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The research initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and headed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering.