NASA Can Transfer Data To The Moon At 622Mbps

ku-bigpic (1)NASA have announced that they have broke all data transfer speed records by transferring data from the Earth to the Moon, a distance of 239,000 miles.

LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps transmitted from the primary ground station in New Mexico to the spacecraft currently orbiting the moon.

LLCD is the first step on our roadmap toward building the next generation of space communication capability,” said Badri Younes, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation (SCaN) in Washington. “We are encouraged by the results of the demonstration to this point, and we are confident we are on the right path to introduce this new capability into operational service soon.

The goal of LLCD is to validate and build confidence in this technology so that future missions will consider using it,” said Don Cornwell, LLCD manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “This unique ability developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory has incredible application possibilities.

This is an amazing achievement and hopefully one day we will be able to get these kinds of speed for home use, image the possibilities.

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One thought on “NASA Can Transfer Data To The Moon At 622Mbps

  1. I’m a bit meh about this, to be honest. Yes, it will be great for getting pictures/video back from places like Mars in a hurry, but what other uses will this technology have?

    Transmitting data by modulating a laser has been around for ages, anyway. There was a north London Pirate station that had their studio in one tower block and the transmitter on top of the other. The signal was sent from the studio to the transmitter via a modulated laser.

    By the time the police had raided the transmitter site and worked out that the station was based in the neighbouring block the studio was long gone..!

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