NASA to test ‘space lasers’ with latest launch

NASA to test ‘space lasers’ with latest launch
Sunday marks the day that humanity takes one step closer to the science-fiction realm with space lasers. An American aerospace firm is aiming to create 200 megabits per second (Mbps) connections in space using satellites equipped with lasers.

If successful, this new tech could pave the way for networks of satellite-connected devices to send data, which will be useful for military, tech, and meteorological agencies, to and from space via laser connections. The launch of the new satellites is scheduled for 7:14am ET on Sunday from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The company, Orbital ATK, will send its Cygnus spacecraft, complete with NanoRacks CubeSats satellites, to the International Space Station. NASA is hoping that the mission will highlight the importance of small sensor spacecraft to the future of space exploration.

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Mr Armstrong and Mr Aldrin will be diluted if space lasers prove any more competent to dodge round the van Allen belt radiation that stopped their Apollo mission in its 1969 trax....



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