Laser Communication Relay Demonstration

  • Released Thursday, October 31st, 2013
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:51PM

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Since its inception in 1958, NASA has relied exclusively on radio frequency (RF)-based communications as the only viable medium for exchanging data between a mission and a spacecraft. Today, with missions demanding communication with higher data rates than ever before, NASA is taking steps to embark on a new era of communication technology. The Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) project will help pave the way, pioneering technologies that will enable the exchange of data through beams of light.

JPL OCTL Facility Footage
The Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) is involved in the development of operational strategies for ground-to-space laser beam propagation for NASA optical communication missions.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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This visualization originally appeared on the following tapes:
  • LCRD: From Vision to Reality (ID: 2013065)
    Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:00AM
    Produced by - Jesse Allen