As planetary scientists prepare to collect data from the New Horizons flyby of Pluto at a glacial 1,000-4,000 kbps, White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan warns senators that the NASA spending bill adopted by their appropriations committee threatens to delay “demonstration of a cutting-edge laser communications system” being prepared to broaden the bandwidth on deep-space missions.   The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) is scheduled to ride as a hosted ...

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