About us

Who we are

ViaLight offers laser communication solutions allowing high data rate and long distance wireless data transmission between moving objects for terrestrial, airborne and space applications. Laser communication can be thought of as the optical fiber for the skies and ViaLight’s products provide backbone connectivity to link aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), high altitude platforms (HAPs), satellites and their respective ground stations. They are designed to meet the demanding conditions of aerial and space applications and offer world class performance in terms of data rate, power consumption, size and weight.

ViaLight was founded in 2009 as a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is proud on its extensive experience of more than 15 years with laser communications and its carefully resourced international team of talented professionals. At ViaLight we envision a future where high data rate connectivity in the skies and beyond is as natural as on the ground and our products are an enabler for this vision.

Advancing the state-of-the-art

ViaLight has strong ties with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), one of Germany’s largest research organizations. Through this ongoing cooperation, ViaLight can access leading research in free-space optical communication (FSO). The close relationship with the Optical Communication Group at the DLR allows for the development of high-end optical technologies while maximizing customer benefits.

Main areas of cooperation between DLR and ViaLight are:

  • Laser communication with 100 Gbps and more
  • Next-generation terminal technologies (PAT, optics, materials)
  • Continued study of the optical atmospheric channel
  • Scientific work on future turbulence mitigation strategies (FEC, Coding, Adaptive Optics)
  • Study of future network topologies
  • Development of enhanced Broadband Receiver Frontends & Laser Ethernet Transceivers
  • Mutual support of demonstration campaigns



ViaLight is the winner of the INNOspace Masters 2016 in the framework of the Airbus Defense and Space Challenge for its concepts on Laser Communication for Future LEO Constellations.