NASA came up with a daring initiative that could ease the communication between astronauts and spacecrafts. They want to create a high-speed internet that can work in space. In this attempt, they will be collaborating with the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD).
The fastest internet ever
NASA and LCRD aim to create the fastest internet that has ever existed which will allow for a better communication between spacecrafts and their control booths on Earth. Moreover, they want to create a bigger data space for a faster download of scientific information. This space will also allow astronauts to communicate easier with their peers both on other space stations or on Earth.
Such high-speed internet would improve explorations. Thus, astronauts will be able to explore the areas around Earth faster and easier, and shuttles will send data on deep space immediately after they obtain it. Steve Jurczyk, the associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is the one who leads the project. He is excited about their brave initiative.
“This technology has the potential to revolutionize space communications, and we are excited to partner with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s Space Communications and Navigation program office, MIT Lincoln Labs and the U.S. Air Force on this effort.”
Making missions easier by improving communication
NASA will learn the technology needed for the development of high-speed internet from LCRD. By looking at how laser and optical communications work, they will be able to apply the same mechanism for their project. Firstly, they aim to use this revolutionary technology to improve their mission to Mars.
Currently, they are using radio-frequency communications (RF) for their Mars mission. This technique is slower and it requires more resources than a laser communication. By using the optical method, they will be able to encode the information into beams of light and transfer them to the spacecraft. Then, they can transfer these beams from the spacecraft to Earth.
Therefore, the technology behind the high-speed internet is more viable, as it is quicker, it requires less power and energy, and less space on the spacecraft. One disadvantage would be the fact that scientists do not know so much about this technology as they do about RF communication. Now, with the help of LCRD, they can test it and see if it can really work in space.
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