Earth-to-Moon Laser Tests Could Ignite New Era in Space Comms

by Blogburger on September 1, 2013

NASA is poised to launch a mission that will use lasers in a test of two-way communications between the Earth and the moon. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration will herald a new area of space communications. The LLCD equipment will be on board the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, which will launch Sept. 6 using Orbital Science’s Minotaur V rocket. The LLCD’s main mission is to prove the validity of fundamental concepts of laser communications. It will establish the ability to encode data onto a beam of laser light.

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