SES sets up satellite quantum communication R&D lab

October 20, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
SES sets up satellite quantum communication R&D lab
A joint R&D lab between SES and the University of Luxembourg will look at next generation satellite technology including quantum communication using the latest supercomputer

European satellite operator SES has created a joint R&D lab with the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) to look at the next generation of high-bandwidth secure satellite systems with quantum communications.

The agreement will use Luxembourg’s R&D and SES’s industry expertise to explore next-generation technology for high bandwidth satellite systems and multi-orbit capabilities, such as SES’s Geostationary and Medium Earth (MEO) orbit fleet.

This will also give SES and SnT early access to Luxembourg’s MeluXina petascale supercomputer. This will be used to test algorithms for radio resource allocation for broadband satellite communications systems to maximise the system performance and to dynamically assign the resources based on user traffic demands.

“The past 11 years has seen us achieve great success in our research activities with SES, spearheading new technologies with impact on standardisation, satellite-terrestrial integration, 5G and more. We are delighted to expand the collaboration and broaden into new areas that will benefit information and communication technologies both in Luxembourg and beyond,” said Prof. Björn Ottersten, Director of SnT.

“This partnership extension comes at a very important time as we are putting in place next-generation space and ground systems to enable the growing connectivity demand in the high-performance networks,” said Ruy Pinto, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “Not only do the R&D activities with SnT benefit Luxembourg’s initiatives, this will also set the path for scaling them on a global level, leveraging SES’s multi-orbit capabilities and services delivered around the world.”

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