THE DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY is contracting with Lockheed Martin to develop a prototype network that combines direct laser communication for high bandwidth (at 10-40 Gbps.), with Ku-band radio frequencies as a backup for reliable data links in the presence of clouds, sandstorms and other obscurants. The goal is more sensor-to-shooter information, without overloading the communication system, as happens today. The Optical and Radio frequency Combined Link Experiment (Orcle) ...

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