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NASA’s New Space Lasers Deliver 10x to 100x Faster Data Transmission: LCRD Details


NASA will soon release its new space lasers. Experts have claimed that the space agency’s new laser communication system could deliver 10 to 100 times more data transmitted to Earth.

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People watch the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket take off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center April 11, 2019 in Titusville, Florida. The rocket carries a communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin into orbit.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration could unveil its new LCRD (Laser Communications Relay Demonstrations) in June. However, the International Space Agency has not confirmed the exact release date yet.

On the other hand, this new The laser communication system will replace radio frequency communications, which were used by NASA in the 1950s.

Right now, NASA and various space agencies need to capture high-definition data, such as 4K videos, every time they conduct space missions.

However, with the use of current radio frequency systems, shooting these HD videos could take around nine weeks. NASA’s new space lasers could change this time frame, as experts say the new LCRD can do it in just nine days.

Details of NASA LCRD

According to Fox News‘latest report, the innovation of the international space agency could have data transmission 10 times to 100 times more efficient. Apart from this, the new space laser communication system requires less volume, power and weight.

NASA's new space lasers will deliver faster data transmission: 10x to 100x more efficient

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In this image provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, the International Space Station and docked space shuttle Endeavor orbit the Earth during Endeavor’s last sortie on May 23, 2011 in space. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the very first images of an orbiter docked to the International Space Station from the perspective of a departing spacecraft as it returned to Earth in a Soyuz capsule.

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This feature is ideal for NASA because it can always send more space instruments and reduce the consumption of the spacecraft power system.

“The LCRD will demonstrate all the benefits of using laser systems and allow us to learn how to use them in the best operational sense,” said David Israel, principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

“With this still proven capability, we can start to implement laser communications on more missions, making it a standardized way to send and receive data,” he added.

Other capabilities of the new LCDR system

NASA Official Site explained that the space agency’s new laser communication system is currently located about 22,000 miles above Earth. He added that this new space laser could support missions in the near Earth region.

For now, NASA plans to spend two years testing the capabilities of its new laser communication system. The space agency added that it will soon be conducting various experiments to refine the functionality of the new LCRD.

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