Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) - NASA

NASA plans to conduct a space test of a "Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) technology" in order to improve space communications.

Updated: Nov 24, 2021 05:35:11 pm

24 November 2021 Current Affairs:NASA plans to conduct a space test of a "Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) technology" in order to improve space communications.

After a two-year delay, the LCRD will be released on December 4th. During the Orbit Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) mission, it will be sent into space by the Department of Defense atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The mission will be launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It will aid the "Artemis manned Moon-landing mission," which is set to take place in 2025.
In comparison to radio frequencies, laser technology in orbit will allow 10–100 times more data to be delivered down to Earth. This device will also avoid radio frequency spectrum overuse. 
The LCRD is crucial because NASA and the private sector are planning a number of space missions that will use Artemis, as well as the Commercial Lunar Payload Services programme and the proposed Gateway space station.
The laser mission's proposal was authorised in 2011. However, the 'Government Accountability Office' issued a warning in 2018 about certain alterations in its scope and design. 
The mission was later postponed because of limits imposed by the covid-19 epidemic.
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