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Sony will build space lasers with a new satellite services unit

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Sony Corp’s logo is seen during its news conference in Tokyo, Japan November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sony (6758.T) said on Thursday it has formed a new company that will build and supply devices that allow small satellites in orbit to communicate with each other via laser beams, plunging into space in the midst of growth. sector.

Sony Space Communications Corp, registered Wednesday, is believed to take advantage of laser technology to avoid a radio frequency bottleneck. The devices will work between satellites in space and satellites communicating with stations on the ground.

The company hasn’t said when it expects its first commercial device to work in space, whether it has any existing customers lined up, or how much money it has invested in the technology to date.

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There are about 12,000 satellites in orbit, a number that is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as rocket companies reduce the cost of launching things into space and companies like Amazon (AMZN.O) and SpaceX is building vast networks of low-Earth satellites to carry Internet communications around the world.

“The amount of data used in orbit is also increasing year by year, but the amount of radio waves available is limited,” the new company’s president, Kyohei Iwamoto, said in a statement.

SpaceX manufactures its own laser communication devices in-house and first launched them on its Starlink satellites late last year.

Sony said one of its first successful tests came in 2020 when it transmitted high-definition image data by laser from the International Space Station to a ground station in Japan.

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Reporting by Joey Roulette; edited by Peter Henderson and Sandra Maler

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