HIPPO European Research Project
HIPPO is a 3-year Research & Development collaborative project co-funded by the European Union. The project aims to design and develop a new generation of robust and reliable high-power photonic components and modules, demonstrate applicability to space applications and prove that the technology can operate in the stringent requirements set by the space environment.
Despite the advantages gained by incorporating photonics into space missions, the applicability of the technology has been limited so far. The reason is simple and specific to space: The “zero-fault tolerance” for all space systems combined with the high level of maturity of proven RF communications has hindered wide adoption of photonics into space.
HIPPO focuses on creating a powerful “made in Europe” technology base covering the complete spectrum of “high-power photonics”. In so doing, it will create a strong potential to capture significant market segments due to the vertically-integrated consortium.
Specifically, HIPPO will develop a new generation of high-power optical components and modules applicable to the space flight environment by blending:
- Advanced semiconductor technologies
- Innovative packaging techniques
- Photonic crystal fibre technology
- Advanced fibre-optic component development