RUAG Space has designed a family of laser communication terminals, known as OPTEL. These Terminals have been developed for both near Earth and deep space applications. The OPTEL terminal family consists of four optical terminals to support near Earth telecommunication applications as well as an optical terminal for the deep space link application.
The Optel 02 short-range terminal is capable of transmitting data at Gbps rates over distances of, typically, 2,500 km. This class of terminal is of interest for applications such as the short range GEO - GEO crosslinks. RUAG Space has developed a demonstration model of this terminal under an ESA contract.