A hosted payload agreement between Space Systems/Loral and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center offers the U.S. the chance to catch up with Europe's leadership in the use of optical systems, which hold the promise of faster data transmission for space communications and lower power demands. Calling optical systems “the next era of space communications,” Goddard has selected SS/L to host a laser communications (lasercom) payload on a 2016 commercial mission. The technology has two ...


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