Here is a chilling news for the technology savvy, researchers, and service providers, and above all end-users that may most likely get connected to deep space for data communications soon.
NASA has launched aboard its world’s first miniature satellite optical communications and sensor demonstration (OCSD) over CubeSat Spacecraft from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Monday, 12 October, 2015. This spacecraft carries a payload that compromises six mini satellites and it is expected to play crucial role in the research field, adds support to technology demonstration, and can serve to conduct educational programs. In these programs, students will be exposed to every phase of satellite development, and seek hands on experience of satellite based research.
The CubSats is fabricated to a dimension of 4X4X4 inch and is prepared to satellite earth like any other. And the basic purpose of it is to make it affordable and compact. With the success of this launch, NASA has set-in another CubeSat that is ready for its launch in February 2016. The program has gained its momentum after the successful launch and proper positioning and with its operational activity in the space. NASA has been successful in setting in first broadband in space platform and this attempt has demonstrated a new track to outer space based laser communication platforms.
Experts say that on a platform like LADEE probe, the laser can be steered independent of the satellite. According to the NASA official disclosure, “the laser is hard-mounted to the spacecraft body, and the orientation of the CubeSat controls the direction of the beam.”
NASA also takes the credit to have launched the most compact laser system put into space, and the agency is hopeful to accomplish 200 Mbps that is one-third the 622 Mbps, achieved by Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer, LADEE system that is said to own highly sophisticated equipment. In addition to it, the six watt laser that is made available on the OCSD shall be pointed at the Mt Wilson Observatory in Pasadena that constitutes a photodiode mounted to a 30cm telescope.
In years to come, you may find the outer space bustling with highly secured information. With this move, it is high time for the satellite communication expert to develop communication system and thereby delivering high quality, safe, secured, information communication technology not forgetting the fact of benefiting the end-user in the most economical ways.