Creation of a new company: Sony Space Communications Corporation

Will conduct space optical communications business

NEW YORK, June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Group Corporation (“Sony Group”) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sony Corporation of America (“SCA”), has formed a new company, Sony Space Communications Corporation (“SSC”), to lead the optical communications space.

“Currently, there are about 12,000 satellites in space, and this number is expected to increase in the future. The amount of data used in orbit is also increasing year by year, but the amount of radio waves available is limited. “, said Kyohei Iwamoto, President, Sony Space Communications Corporation. “Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites need to communicate with the ground, so a large number of communication facilities are needed for real-time communications, which is problematic because these satellites need to pass directly overhead. of a ground station to communicate with it. In addition, the need for frequency licenses for radio waves and the requirement for low power consumption of the communication equipment necessary for small satellites, such as micro-satellites , are also problems to be solved.”

To solve these problems, SSC plans to develop small optical communication devices to provide related services to connect microsatellites in LEO via laser beam. SSC plans to offer this optical communications equipment as a service to companies working on satellite development. By using optical communications, SSC aims to achieve high-speed communications with small devices, which are physically difficult to achieve with conventional radio communications because conventional communications require a large antenna and high output power. Additionally, by building an optical communications network not only between satellites and the ground, but also between satellites in orbit, SSC aims to enable real-time communications from anywhere on the ground to any satellite in space. Optical communications are also easier to implement than traditional radio frequency communications because they do not require certain types of licenses that radio communications require.

By providing easy-to-use inter-satellite communications capabilities, SSC aims to increase the amount of communications in space and realize an Internet communications network covering earth, space, and applications such as real-time services. .

Introducing Sony Space Communications Corporation

Last name:

Sony Space Communications Corporation

Main office:

2207 Bridgepointe Pkwy, San Mateo, CA 94404

Representing:

Kyohei Iwamoto, President

Start of activity:

June 1, 2022

Shareholders:

Sony Corporation of America 100%

About space optical communications
The Sony Group has conducted research and developed optical communications systems at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. to enable high-speed data communications over long distances in a form that can be mounted on microsatellites. By applying the optical disc technology that the Sony Group has cultivated for many years in the development and production of CD players and other products, it aims to achieve ultra-compact, lightweight, optical communication devices that can be mass produced and able to withstand harsh environments such as space.

In 2020, SOLISS (Small Optical Link for International Space Station) was installed in the Japanese experiment module “Kibo” of the International Space Station (ISS) in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It established a two-way laser communication link with a space optical communication ground station of the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) and successfully transmitted high-definition image data via ethernet protocols. In 2021, this experimental device successfully established optical downlinks from space to a commercial optical ground station of Kongsberg Satellite Services in Greece.

In 2022, in collaboration with JAXA, an experiment on full data file transfer in a simulated error-prone communication environment, which will form the technological basis for Internet services via stratospheric and low-Earth orbit optical communications, was successfully carried out.

SSC aims to promote the use of optical communications in space and to contribute to the improvement of people’s living comfort, in particular through the expansion of socio-economic activities.

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