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Old 02-09-2021, 04:53 PM
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NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) to be upgraded

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Optical communications is one tool that can help meet this demand for higher data volumes by using lasers to enable higher-bandwidth communication. Over the next few years, NASA has several missions planned to demonstrate laser communications that will enhance the agency’s ability to explore farther into space.
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Old 03-09-2021, 07:46 AM
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Very cool tech. Sounds like the Expanse tight beams.
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Old 24-09-2021, 08:03 PM
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With all the efficiency enhancement, spotlighted cooperation makes it even more optimistic!

The resulting cost savings have been fed into antenna enhancements, and the effort has also strengthened the international cooperation between the complexes. “Each site works with the other sites, not just during handover periods, but also on maintenance and how antennas are performing on any given day. We’ve really turned into a globally operating network,” said Levesque.
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