NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will showcase the advantages of communicating information using infrared lasers! This is known as laser communications. Share your excitement about this new way of communicating with satellites by using these student and family resources.
Learn more about LCRD with these STEM activities for students, ranging from K-12. The activities cover topics, including laser links, packing a rocket, geometry, measurement, conversions, and irradiance. Download the activities and answer sheets below:
LCRD will continue NASA’s exploration of laser communications to support future missions to the Moon and beyond.
Laser communications will enable better data rates, making possible new capabilities such as 4K ultra-high-definition streaming from beyond Earth orbit. It will also allow communications systems to become smaller, lighter, and more efficient. LCRD will demonstrate the technology over several years before laser communications becomes operational for future NASA missions.
LCRD communicating down to Earth over laser links.
LCRD’s Optical Ground Stations
Space communications infrastructure in space and on the ground enables the data collected by missions to reach Earth, upgrading our capacity for discovery.
Since the dawn of space exploration, NASA missions have relied on radio frequencies for this transfer of information. NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will launch to space, showcasing the vast benefits of laser communications. LCRD’s ground stations, known as Optical Ground Station -1 and -2, are critical to the mission’s success.