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SpaceDataHighway Achieves 10,000 Successful Laser Connections - Via Satellite - May 2018
"The SpaceDataHighway system, a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8 percent, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations, these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data."

"The system’s satellites are designed to lock on to low-orbiting satellites via laser and collect their data as they travel in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) scanning the Earth. From its position in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), the SpaceDataHighway acts as a relay, transmitting the large quantities of data down to Earth in near-real time, at a speed of 1.8 Gbit per second."

"Each day, the SpaceDataHighway is able to relay up to 40 terabytes of data acquired by observation satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or aircraft to Earth."
ViaSatellite  space  Communications  ESA  Airbus  reliability  optical-communications  LEO  GEO 
2 hours ago by pierredv
Development and Short-Range Testing of a 100 kW Side-Illuminated Millimeter-Wave Thermal Rocket
So Parkin and crew as part of the MTLS project got to phase 2, demoing a millimeter wave beamed thermal rocket launch. Some reports are 33kW received rather than 100kW though
microwave  millimeter  wave  beamed  thermal  propulsion  rocket  space  research  technology 
13 hours ago by asteroza
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In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula
space  autotweet  nasa  from twitter
yesterday by kexrex
Stuff in Space
Ridiculously cool visualization of all of the stuff in space. Why the internet is so fucking great.
linklist  coolasshit  space  internet 
yesterday by seanclynch
Between Bridges
Between Bridges is a non-profit exhibition space organised by Wolfgang Tillmans
photography  art  space  berlin 
2 days ago by andrewn

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