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Tesat-Spacecom, a provider of optical communications technologies for space, is expanding its manufacturing facility in the US to support its US Government and commercial customers, the company has announced.

Tesat’s Optical Communication Terminals (OCT) have achieved more than 500,000 hours of operation in space, the company said.

OCT are miniaturised systems for high data rate transmission between satellites and from satellites to ground stations. 100 Gbps terminals are under development. In the USA, a production rate of 160 OCT per month is to be achieved on 25,000 m² from 2023.