Lasers are indisputably awesome and space agency NASA has led the attribution a bit higher. NASA’s lunar probe Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which started orbiting the Moon earlier this month, has set a record breaking data transmission between the Moon and Earth with 622 Mb of data per second.
LADEE has been sent to space to investigate Moon mystery. And to solve the mystery accurately, high speed data transmission was a must. NASA shot pulsed laser beams instead of traditional radio waves from the Lunar Laser Ground Terminal (LLGT) at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico which has an array of 8 telescopes connected to a control room that houses optical transmitters and receivers to 239,000-mile distant LADEE which was orbiting the Moon. Without any error, LADEE zapped data at record-breaking 622 megabits per second (Mbps) between the Moon and Earth as a part of its Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD).
Such record breaking data transmission between the Moon and Earth by achieving 622 Mb of data per second has created a new hope at NASA. And that is in near future, we might be able to see 3D videos of space from Earth.
Badri Younes, NASA deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation has said, “LLCD is the first step on our road map toward building the next generation of space communication capability. 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.”
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