NASA working on high-speed space internet project

NASA working on high-speed space internet project

U.S. space agency NASA is working on a LASER-based technology that could eventually become the high-speed internet of the sky.

The ongoing Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will allow NASA scientists to better understand the best ways to run laser communications systems. The new technology could enable unprecedentedly higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and scientists on Earth’s surface.

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of the space agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, called LCRD the “next step” in implementing the agency’s vision of using optical communications for near-Earth as well as deep space missions.

Speaking on the topic, Jurczyk added, “This technology has the potential to revolutionize space communications, and we are excited to partner with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate's Space Communications and Navigation program office, MIT Lincoln Labs and the U.S. Air Force on this effort.”

The new technology is expected to revolutionize the existing communication system, which currently suffers from numerous drawbacks such as overloading of the bandwidth and slower speeds.

The LCRD technology offers data rates 10 to 100 times better than radio-frequency (RF) communications systems. It will also allow scientists to develop smaller and more efficient spacecraft communication systems, which are crucial to the success of humans’ long journeys to Mars and beyond.


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