|We’re taking a step toward the next era of space communications with the launch of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration, or LCRD, on Sunday, Dec. 5. |
LCRD is set to launch as part of the United States Space Force Space Systems Command’s Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) mission. STP-3 will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Launch coverage begins at 3:30 a.m. EST, with liftoff scheduled for 4:04 – 6:04 a.m. EST.
|Laser communications offer data rates higher than traditional radio frequency systems, allowing more data per transmission. |
Once in orbit, LCRD will demonstrate the benefits of using infrared lasers to communicate information from space, including reduced size, weight, and power requirements for a communications system on a spacecraft.
You’re invited to register to virtually attend the launch and receive mission updates and activities via email. Our virtual guest program includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp.
|Get to Know the LCRD Mission|
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