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Aerospace Corp laser delivers 50x increase in data rates to cubesats

The recent OCSD test marked the first time space-to-ground optical communication from a free-flying cubesat has ever been performed.

Two 1.5U cubesats in low Earth orbit (LEO) carrying the laser communication system successfully transmitted data at 100 Mbps, which is about 50 times faster than radio-based communication systems used for smaller spacecraft. Optical communication is quickly becoming a standard for larger satellite systems…

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