Saturday, December 07, 2013

NASA blasts the NAR to the moon and back again

Via Ted Cochran on the NAR's Facebook page. How cool is this?

Ted Cochran This photo of National Association of Rocketry volunteers (along with other photos) was used as NASA test data. It was displayed on a large screen in mission control at NASA in Greenbelt, Maryland and then sent to White Sands, New Mexico where it was uplinked using lasers to the LADEE satellite as it orbited the moon. Lasers on the satellite then sent the photos back. 

The laser communication test achieved a data rate of 622 megabits/second.