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NASA planning long-term Laser Communications Mission (LCRD)

NASA recently announced a significant review milestone for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) scheduled for 2017.

The LCRD project is NASA’s first long duration optical communications mission. This demonstration builds upon NASA’s highly successful Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) mission (which validated the use of DTN for laser communications to the moon and back). LCRD will conduct a two-year demonstration of optical relay services to determine how well the system operates and collect long-term performance data. Full details are available here:

http://esc.gsfc.nasa.gov/267/278/279/488.html

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