Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science

Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)

Artist's concept of the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, or OPALS, which will fly aboard the International Space Station.

Mission Summary

The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, or OPALS, will fly aboard the International Space Station to test out new technologies for spacecraft communication and data transmission.

To test the new technology, which engineers predict will vastly improve the data rates for future spacecraft communications, the instrument will send video data from its orbit on the International Space Station to a ground station near Los Angeles.


Acronym: OPALS
 
Type: Instrument
 
Status: Future
 
Launch Date: April 10, 2014
 
Launch Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
 
Target: Earth
 
This artist's concept shows how the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

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