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Station Technology Demonstration

NASA's First Two-way End-to-End Laser Communications Relay System

NASA is demonstrating laser communications on multiple missions – showcasing the benefits infrared light can have for science and exploration missions transmitting terabytes of important data.

Learn More About the ILLUMA-T Payload
A rendering of ILLUMA-T on the International Space Station communicating with LCRD in geosynchronous orbit.
NASA’s ILLUMA-T payload communicating with LCRD over laser signals.
NASA/Dave Ryan

Science in Space: Robotic Helpers

One way to make the most of crew time is using robotic technology either to assist crew members with various tasks and or to completely automate others.

Learn More About These Helpers
A view of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Internal Ball Camera.