Zap! NASA readies a new laser test to speed up space communications

NASA wants to test out a laser again in space to speed up space communications.

Following a two-year delay, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) is ready for launch no earlier than Dec. 4. It will ride to space on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket aboard the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) mission.

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