Scientific instruments used in space missions increasingly require higher communication rates to transmit gathered data back to Earth or to support high-data-rate applications, like high-definition video streams. Optical communications—also referred to as “lasercom”—is an emerging technology where data is sent via laser beams.
Read: NASA’s First Optical Communication Experiment
Once deployed, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) will be conducting transmission tests for a period of nearly three months, with the possibility of a longer mission.
Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) Flight System hardware.
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