Photonics in Space Workshop

Monday, April 15, 2024, Herisau

HUBER+SUHNER Photonics in Space Workshop

The space industry is undergoing a remarkable transition, characterized by a staggering increase in the number of active satellites. By the end of 2023 a total of 10’000 satellites are orbiting earth and their number is projected to grow at a rate of 40% per year. With recent advances in rocket technology, launch costs are set to fall to <100$/kg, marking a shift from a niche to a commercial market. This evolution is creating unprecedented space flight related business opportunities. Photonic technologies, with their remarkable capabilities such as small form factor, high data rates and cost maturity (driven by telecom COTS), are going to make a significant contribution to this upcoming market.

We are delighted to invite you for the «Photonics in Space Workshop», hosted by HUBER+SUHNER. This event will serve as a platform, for bringing together industry leaders to jointly explore and leverage the potential of photonics technology in the dynamic space market.

The key to success in this future market is to seize opportunities and foster collaborative partnerships! - Join us as we collectively explore the vast opportunities unfolding in this era of transformation. Let's navigate the changing dynamics of the space market together and forge strategic alliances to capitalize on the possibilities.


Monday, April 15, 2024


HUBER+SUHNER AG, Degersheimerstrasse 14, 9100 Herisau AR

Target group

Technical & Business Development Audience


11:30 - 13:00h
Registration, Sandwich Lunch, HUBER+SUHNER Factory Tour
13:00 - 13:45hKeynote Speeches from Academia and Industry (see speakers listed below)
13:45 - 15:45h

World Coffee (rotating groups) on: 
“Passive Fiber Connectivity for Spacecraft” / “Optical Sensors in Space” / “Active Components” / “Sharing Experience in Development of Photonic Products for Space”
16:00hNetworking Apéro

Keynote Speakers

Lauriane Karlen, CSEM, Senior R&D Engineer
Thomas Paul, HUBER+SUHNER, Vice President Market Manager Aerospace
Anna Pogrebna, Menhir Photonics AG, Strategy Manager & CFO

Registration closed

Number of Participants is limited to 40.

This conference provides a unique platform for networking, knowledge exchange and collaboration in the rapidly evolving field of photonics technology in the space market.

Don't miss this chance to be part of the discussion shaping the future!

General information on how to get to HUBER+SUHNER in Herisau

Journey from Zurich Airport

Transfer by train from Zurich Airport to railway station Gossau SG / Herisau

  • According to your arrival time, we propose using the railway connections directly from the airport.
  • Please be aware that there are two towns named Gossau in Switzerland. The difference lies in the ending, namely SG and ZH. The HUBER+SUHNER site is next to Gossau SG – Train direction St. Gallen.
  • Take the trains direction St. Gallen leaving Zurich Airport at xx:23 and xx:53 (only these trains stop in Gossau SG). Disembark in Gossau SG (1 stop before St. Gallen). Cost for the railway ticket online: ~CHF 48.00 (1st class) / ticket via SBB App may be less expensive.
  • Make sure you buy your railway ticket BEFORE boarding the train!

Download the SBB Mobile App to buy the ticket or visit the Swiss railways homepage for more information.

Journey by car

Transfer by car

  • Highway A1/E60 until exit 80 St. Gallen-Winkeln/Herisau
  • Follow signs direction Herisau
  • Follow Industry sign HUBER+SUHNER (on the right)
  • Use parking lot for visitors next to reception desk

Address: Degersheimerstrasse 14, 9100 Herisau, Appenzell Ausserhoden