Mynaric is a commercial manufacturer of wireless laser communication equipment for applications in aerospace. The airborne and spaceborne communication networks on which this equipment is installed are known as constellations. Mynaric was founded in 2009 by former employees of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In turn, many of Mynaric’s key technologies are licensed from DLR.
On November 2013, Mynaric were the first ones able to successfully demonstrate laser communication from a jet. The aircraft they mounted the system to was the Panavia Tornado. They were able to achieve a data rate of 1 Gbit/s over a distance of 60 km while maintaing a flight speed of 800 km/h.
On February 2018, Mynaric was honored by having their laser communication products inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame of the Space Foundation. On April 2018, Mynaric announced a partnership with CEA-Leti. They are working on highly sensitive avalanche photodiode technolgies which have the possibility of enabling longer link distances and reducing overall system complexity. On June 2018, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab reported achieving a bidirectional 10 Gbit/s air-to-ground connection using Mynaric technologies.
On March 2019, former SpaceX Starlink VP Bulent Altan joined Mynaric’s management board and they were able to raise an additional $12.5 million funding from the top investor of an undisclosed satellite network. On October 2019, Mynaric showed proof that it’s products were attractive to the market when they delivered multiple laser communication flight terminals to an undisclosed customer, solidifying proof that the company’s products are attractive to the market.