Current radiofrequency communication systems for satellites are very bulky and require high amounts of power. This can be a serious drawback for small satellite platforms. Optical free-space links are a smaller footprint and lower cost alternative allowing for high-bandwidth data transfer rates. However, they are prone to failure due to interruption caused by atmospheric obstacles (fog, clouds, rain, etc.).
ODALISS is a complete satellite platform, with integrated optical communications system and all necessary sub-systems, ready to accommodate third-party payloads such as observation or scientific equipment. In order to overcome the atmospheric obstacles drawback, the company is establishing a series of Optical Ground Stations (OGS) around the globe in strategic locations where the atmosphere is clear and more predictable. Such locations are in many cases compatible with those chosen for astronomical observations bringing down costs.
Customers can purchase the full satellite platform, install their own specific instruments, and then the whole package will be ready for launch.
The high down-link data rates will be ideal for low cost satellite developers who handle large amounts of data such as those related with Earth observation, environmental monitoring, etc.