About us

ViaLight Europe

ViaLight’s story started in 2009 as a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with some decades of extensive experience with laser communications. Today, our German branch operates as ViaLight Communications GmbH to serve the European, Asian, African and South American market.

  • Foundation 2009 as spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Concentration on design and development of core technologies and products
  • Serving worldwide customers

ViaLight North America

In 2016 ViaLight expanded its business and established a North American office to serve customers in the USA and Canada. The Huntsville, USA, based  ViaLight Space, Inc. supports American customers on special projects, necessary product modifications and has significant involvement in the development of our space terminals.

  • Founded 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • Concentration on special projects, product applications and adaption and space systems development
  • Serving the USA and Canada

What we do

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

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:

  • Investigating 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, architectures and applications
  • 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.