Optical satellite links have gained increasing attention throughout the last years. Especially for the application of optical satellite downlinks. Within the OSIRIS program, DLR's Institute of Communications and Navigation develops optical terminals and systems which are optimized for small satellites. After the successful qualification and launch of two precursor terminals, DLR currently develops OSIRISv3, a 3<sup>rd</sup> generation OSIRIS terminal with up to 10 Gbps downlink rate, and OSIRIS4Cubesat, a miniaturized version optimized for Cubesat Applications. The University of Stuttgart's Institute of Space Systems develops small satellites, which are used to demonstrate novel technologies in the Space domain. Together, DLR and University of Stuttgart integrated the first OSIRIS generation onboard the Flying Laptop satellite, which was launched in July 2017 and has been successfully operated since. This paper will give an overview about DLR's OSIRIS program. Furthermore, it will show first results of OSIRISv1 on Flying Laptop. Therefore, the Flying Laptop satellite and OSIRISv1 will be explained. Preliminary results from the validation campaign, where optical downlinks have been demonstrated, will be given.
The German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Communications and Navigation developed the Free Space Experimental Laser Terminal II and has been using it for optical downlink experiments since 2008. It has been developed for DLR’s Dornier 228 aircraft and is capable of performing optical downlink as well as inter-platform experiments. After more than 5 years of successful operation, it has been refurbished with up-to-date hardware and is now available for further aircraft-experiments. The system is a valuable resource for carrying out measurements of the atmospheric channel, for testing new developments, and of course to transmit data from the aircraft to a ground station with a very high data rate. This paper will give an overview about the system and describe the capabilities of the flexible platform. The current status of the system will be described and measurement results of a recent flight campaign will be presented. Finally, an outlook to future use of the system will be given.