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Space Station Laser Link Blasts Broadband from Orbit

  • In recent tests of the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) instrument NASA scientists and engineers have demonstrated that laser communications, as opposed to traditional radio transmissions, could revolutionize how we communicate with space-based assets
  • OPALS has shown that space-to-ground laser communications transmissions are practical and repeatable
  • OPALS is proving laser communications between the Earth and orbit could transform how we transmit data into space, but the biggest challenge to this method is, of course, the weather.

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