NASA working on LASER-based high speed space internet

NASA working on LASER-based high speed space internet

As existing communication systems suffer from a number of drawbacks like slower speeds and overloading of the bandwidth, NASA is working on a new technology that would enable high-speed movement of internet data in space.

The U.S. space agency’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration communication satellite encodes data onto a beam of light and transmits it anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster than currently-used radio-based space communications.

Don Cornwell of NASA’s Space Communications & Navigation program, said, “LCRD will allow NASA to learn how to optimally use this disruptive new technology. We are also designing a laser terminal for the International Space Station that will use LCRD to relay data from the station to the ground at gigabit-per-second data rates.”

LCRD project leader Steve Jurczyk described the new technology as the next step in implementing the agency’s vision of using optical communications for near-Earth as well as deep space missions.

Experts believe that the new technology has the potential to revolutionize space communications.