First steps toward high-speed space internet

First steps toward high-speed space internet

NASA scientists are developing a trailblazing, long-term technology demonstration of what could become the high-speed internet of the sky. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications…

LADEE ends its mission with stunning 80 Mbps laser transmission from Moon

LADEE ends its mission with stunning 80 Mbps laser transmission from Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, ended its mission last week with a planned impact on the Moon but just before the impact it performed another successful laser communication with ESA's ground station at a stunning s

Laser communications: from vision to reality

Laser communications: from vision to reality

Since its inception in 1958, NASA has relied exclusively on radio frequency (RF)-based communications as the only viable medium for exchanging data between a mission and a spacecraft. Today, with missions demanding communication with higher data rates than ever

LADEE space mission launched on its way toward the Moon

LADEE space mission launched on its way toward the Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was successfully launched on September 6, 2013 and has separated from its ride into space, powered up and is communicating with ground controllers. It is now on its way to arrive at the Moon in 30