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NASA Sets Record With 622 Mbps Transmission to the Moon
by Karl Bode 04:22PM Wednesday Oct 23 2013 Tipped by SlowFITL See Profile
Back in December NASA announced that the agency would be conducting a Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) they believe will someday be capable of delivering speeds up to 600 Mbps. The test was successfully conducted this week, and involved communicating with the LADEE robotic probe orbiting the moon using telescopes that are just under one meter in diameter. NASA believes that these telescopes can eventually be re-engineered to receive 2.5 gigabits per second if made larger (up to three meters).

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According to the NASA statement, the space agency managed to transmit data 384,633 kilometers (239,000 miles) from a ground station in New Mexico to the LADEE robotic spacecraft.

The transmission clocked in at a new record of 622 Mbps, depressing further the millions of Americans still stuck on sub 3 Mbps connections despite living on Earth. NASA stated they were able to also achieve an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps upstream.

"LLCD is the first step on our roadmap toward building the next generation of space communication capability," said Badri Younes, NASA's deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation (SCaN) in Washington. "We are encouraged by the results of the demonstration to this point, and we are confident we are on the right path to introduce this new capability into operational service soon."

The LLCD experiment is a precursor to NASA's longer term Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) tests. LCRD is a part of the agency's Technology Demonstration Missions Program, which is scheduled to launch in 2017.

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Mike
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Image if NASA had a budget....

Seeing the shutdown cost twice as much as NASA's budget... I wonder what scientists and a decade can produce with a significant budget? Even return to the 1960s...

skeechan
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Re: Image if NASA had a budget....

That cost is supposedly to GDP, not the government which continued receiving their tax revenues. But we could double NASAs budget on just the fraudulent EITCs the IRS hands out every year.
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With a 3 second latency?


N3OGH
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Re: With a 3 second latency?

Must be one HELL of a torrent!
shmerl

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What about Mars?

How are they going to connect to Mars? Imagine Mars One colonists accessing some server on Earth, and waiting for half an hour, while the signal travels back and forth

skeechan
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Re: What about Mars?

They will take their pron with them.
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88615298
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depending on the location of each it would take between 7-45 minutes for a signal to make a round trip from mars to earth and back.
Art Deco

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This just in..

An unnamed cable executive commented, "Nobody on the moon needs 622 Mbps".
BosstonesOwn

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Re: This just in..

Nope comcast sent them an overage notice. And warned them cut usage or face termination of the account.
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tmc8080

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now..

now let's see if we can get that faster wired internet speeds.
fieroloki

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What's the cap?


battleop

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Re: What's the cap?

That horse is DEAD please stop beating it.
fieroloki

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Re: What's the cap?

I saw it twitch, needs more beating.

skeechan
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Tell that to the MSOs and telcos, along their their lobbyists that keep trying to resurrect it every quarter.
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battleop

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Re: What's the cap?

The jokes about how fast you hit your cap or throttling eveytime a story like this comes up are as funny as a Rick Roll.
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MaynardKrebs
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I'm moving there!!

Can't get those speeds in my 'hood, so I'm moving to the Sea of Tranquility .... and there'll be no kids trampling my lawn either!!

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Re: I'm moving there!!

You will not get any signal on the far side of the moon- so like in the U.S., it will depend on your location.
DMWCincy

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So....

...we can't get 10Mbps to most of rural USA reliably but NASA can potentially get more on the Moon. Can we get the NASA techs to teach the ISP please?

skeechan
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Re: So....

You spend a few million, you can get that 10Mb service, no problem.
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Re: So....

said by skeechan:

You spend a few million, you can get that 10Mb service, no problem.

I think we did. How is NASA funded?
buddasahn

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Speeds

Yet, bandwidth is at a premium???