NASA to launch revolutionary laser test to speed up space communications

NASA to launch revolutionary laser test to speed up space communications
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NASA will come up with new laser services to speed up space communications. After a delay of two years, NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) is ready to launch on December 4 this year.

The mission will be aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-551 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida.

The LCRD will show the unique capabilities of optical communications to help increase bandwidth for communications in space; this will also reduce size, weight, and power requirements.

Moreover, LCRD will be NASA‘s first end-to-end laser relay system, it will send and receive the data over invisible infrared lasers at a rate of approximately 1.2 gigabits per second from geo-synchronous orbit to earth.

It will make the data rates 10 to 100 times higher than traditional radio frequency systems. Laser communications systems will provide future missions with extraordinary data capabilities.

The launch of this mission got delayed owing to a number of issues since the mission’s initial target of 2019.

NASA will be using lasers to provide missions with higher data rates. The space agency has made it easier for the earthlings to know much about space, planets and exoplanets.

As per the investigators, the timing of the mission will benefit the Artemis human moon-landing programme that plans to put boots on the moon in 2025.

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