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NASA Completes First Laser Communications Beyond Moon

DSOC’s flight laser transceiver shown at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 2021, preparing to be installed in its enclosure before integrating with the rest of the Psyche spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Introduction | As scientific instruments get more precise and the private and public sectors work to send humans farther into space than ever before, space data transfers are more important than ever before. Optical communications that transmit information through pulsing lasers are providing a solution to send higher quality data at faster speeds than traditional…

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White House Authorization and Supervision Draft Legislation on Collision Course with Hill and Parts of Industry

Courtney Stadd spent more than 40 years as a senior official in the White House, NASA, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation, and as a senior executive with a wide array of pathfinding space ventures. Today, he is widely consulted within the industry. He is also a co-chair of the Strategy, Policy, and…

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Spacecraft Deployments Grew 23% in 2023 Despite Broadband Cooldown

dia’s first successful lunar lander, Chandrayaan-3, sits in a facility before launch. Even though commercial satellites made up the majority of deployments in 2023, civil government payloads increased most rapidly, growing 74% year-over-year. Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

With record launches for the third year running, it’s no surprise that the number of payloads reaching orbit is also skyrocketing. Spacecraft deployed in 2023 grew 23% to 2,891, bringing approximately 1.4 million kg of equipment to space.

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