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NASA | OPALS Beams Video from Space Via Laser [HD]

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The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will beam video via laser from the International Space Station back to Earth. Here is animation showing how the technology works with an explanation from the OPALS mission manager, Matt Abrahamson, plus the video NASA slated for OPALS' first official transmission. The news release that goes with this video expected June 5/6, 2014 at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/. See more videos about Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8nucJfNzi6Vm6RQ4h_ycjZ2 For more information about OPALS, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/10MMPDO. Release Date: 05 June 2014 Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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This animation illustrates how OPALs will beam video to Earth via laser. The animation begins with a flyover of Southern California including: Rancho Cucamonga; the San Gabriel mountains; Mount San Antonio, aka Mount Baldy, the highest peak in Los Angeles; the Pacific Crest Trail; Mountain High Ski Resort; and the town of Wrightwood, home to the Table Mountain Observatory. Table Mountain's Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory will illuminate the International Space Station with a beacon laser as the station passes over Los Angeles. OPALS locks onto the OCTL signal and then transmits its data over another laser beam back down to the ground. See more videos about Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8nucJfNzi6Vm6RQ4h_ycjZ2 Release Date: 05 June 2014 Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will beam video via laser from the International Space Station back to Earth. Here is animation showing how the technology works, with an explanation from the OPALS mission manager, Matt Abrahamson of JPL, plus the video NASA slated for OPALS' first official transmission. More information about OPALS is at: http://go.nasa.gov/10MMPDO
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Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more. In early June, a laser beam lanced out of the night sky over California, heralding a breakthrough in space communications. The message it carried was "Hello, World."
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Watch live from the International Space Station as JPL's OPALS lasercomm instrument is unpacked from the Dragon spacecraft by a robotic arm. OPALS, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, is a technology demonstration that will beam HD video from space to Earth via laser light. For more info on OPALS, visit http://phaeton.jpl.nasa.gov/external/projects/optical.cfm Fore more info on the International Space Station, including when and where to look to see it in the sky, go to http://www.nasa.gov/iss Join the conversation online with the hashtag #OPALS
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On October 18th, 2013 the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) made history, transmitting data from lunar orbit to Earth at a rate of 622 Mbps. LLCD, flying aboard NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), is the first NASA mission dedicated to proving high-rate, two-way laser communications is possible. LLCD not only demonstrated a record-breaking download rate but also an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps. The laser beam was transmitted the 239,000 miles from the primary ground station at NASA's White Sands Complex in Las Cruces N.M., to the LADEE spacecraft in lunar orbit. See more videos about the LADEE Mission: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8lKhRfNIk20-h7LspcK3oFI Completed: 28 October 2013 Credit: NASA Goddatd Space Flight Center
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Space Station Live commentator Brandi Dean interviews Matt Abrahamson, OPALS (Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science) Mission Manager at NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. OPALS is an experiment using the International Space Station to test the potential for using a laser to transmit data to Earth from space.