CubeCAT is a compact, high-performance Lasercommunication terminal for use in CubeSats and small satellites.

CubeCAT is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind. This system suits commercial CubeSat applications well, with modest size- and power requirements and no licensing requirements, but also meets the increasing need for high data rates in small satellites, through offering a large data rate with a small volume terminal.

The CubeCAT is part of the CubeCAT Lasercom system and is the result of a joint effort by Hyperion and TNO.


  • Fully integrated Lasercom module
  • Data rate:
    • Downlink: 1 Gbps
    • Uplink: 200 kbps
  • On-module data buffering
  • Interfaces to Cubesat: USB 3.0, I2C
  • No regulatory certification requirements for both space segment and ground station
  • ITAR-free
  • Small size:  <1U
  • Low power:
    • Peak: ~15W
    • Orbit average: <1W
  • Low cost-per-bit

Point of contact

Niel Truyens (TNO)