2020 was a remarkable year for innovation in the satellite communications arena. The QV-LIFT program was completed, bringing great promise for the future. QV-LIFT is an EU-sponsored Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Action committed to increasing the maturity level of key satellite communication technologies and to contributing to a more competitive positioning of SatCom European manufacturers in the marketplace.
Spectrometers employing acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) are rapidly gaining popularity in space, and in particular on interplanetary missions. According to a paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “they allow for reducing volume, mass, and complexity of the instrumentation and are used for analyzing ocean color, greenhouse gases, atmospheres of Mars and Venus, and for lunar mineralogy. The AOTFs are used in point (pencil-beam) spectrometers for selecting echelle diffraction orders, or in hyper-spectral imagers and microscopes.”