Posted on 6 November 2013 by Daniel
ESA receives laser signal from NASA
This report on the success of last week’s laser communication test between ESA and NASA was sent in by Marco Lanucara, one of the Estrack engineers on Tenerife for the test campaign. ESA has joined NASA to help achieve a major breakthrough in space communications. ESA has joined NASA for a major breakthrough in space communications. Using NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, launched on 7 September 2013 and currently in orbit around the Moon), optical communications between a NASA spacecraft and an ESA ground terminal have been demonstrated up to lunar distances, pointing the way to future laser communication from deep space. For the ESA Optical Ground Station (OGS,...
Posted on 29 October 2013 by Daniel
ESA station receives laser signals from NASA’s La...
Great news in from our colleagues at ESA’s Optical Ground Station, Tenerife, Spain. We’ll post details as soon as we get them… ESA confirms 1st contact w/ @NASALADEE #Moon mission via (insanely) fast laser link. Details later. Background via http://t.co/Nd0R1mA1bX — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) October 29, 2013 Background on this fantastic series of tests: An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA’s observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter. The laboratory testing paves the way for a live space demonstration in October, once...
Posted on 25 October 2013 by Daniel
NASA beams lasers at Moon, sets new data speed record
NASA this week set a new data-transmission record for space-based communication when it used a pulsed laser beam to send data to the moon, reaching a download rate of 622 megabits per second (Mbps). The space agency also achieved an upload rate of 20 Mbps. The data were beamed from a ground station in New Mexico to the agency’s new Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbiter. Later this year, an ESA ground station will support the testing campaign, beaming optical data to LADEE from Tenerife, Spain.
Posted on 23 October 2013 by Daniel
NASA is now communicating with spacecraft via laser
There was a nice update yesterday relating to one of our previous posts, Space laser to prove increased broadband possible, reporting on how an ESA optical ground station will take part in a laser communication test with NASA later this year. The news? Looks like the first tests, between a NASA ground station and that Agency’s LADEE Moon mission, were a success! (We’ll post news on ESA’s coming participation in the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration shortly.) Via NASA NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits...
Posted on 7 October 2013 by Daniel
Congratulations to LADEE on arrival at the Moon!
Great news over at Emily Lakdawalla’s blog at the Planetary Society: according to her report, the LADEE mission entered Moon orbit on 6 Oct, around mid-day CEST. ESA, of course, will support an optical communication test between Earth and LADEE later on this year. After a one-month journey from Earth to the Moon, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) safely entered orbit at 10:57 UTC today, October 6. Read full post
Posted on 5 September 2013 by Daniel
Space laser to prove increased broadband possible
You may have read in the ESA website in July (see Laser communications set for Moon mission) that the Agency is working with NASA on optical communications in space. Later this year, ESA’s Optical Ground Station in Tenerife, Spain, will join two NASA stations to communicate with the LADEE Moon mission to demonstrate the “readiness of optical communication for future missions to Mars or anywhere else in the Solar System.” How cool is that? 🙂 There was a nice report last week in the NASA website giving a few more details on the activity; extract and link are below. LADEE launch is set for tomorrow, 6 September, at 11:27 PM EDT (Saturday, 7...