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MIT researchers demonstrate high-def video streaming that works in space

Researchers at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and NASA have demonstrated a technology that can support large information transfers and high-definition video streaming in space. It means that broadband communication between the Earth and the moon is possible, and that humans living on the moon in the future could theoretically watch live television!

By on May 23, 2014 at 13:00 PM
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MIT researchers demonstrate high-def video streaming that works in space

Laser communication could make it possible to get high-speed broadband on the moon, as Scientists at MIT and NASA say they can now transmit vast amounts of data via a two-way connection.

The system could transmit HD video, allowing astronauts to watch live TV from space - so there's no need to miss a Game of Thrones episode just because you're busy exploring the universe.

The connection works via a ground terminal that sends an uplink signal to the moon via four telescopes in New Mexico, increasing the chance that at least one of the laser beams will interact with the receiver that's mounted on a satellite orbiting the moon. A receiver focuses the signal into an optical fibre that's similar to terrestrial fibre optic broadband, and amplified about 30,000 times before converting the pulses of light into electrical pulses that are turned into data.

The team working on this new type of space-age broadband technology will present it at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2014, which is set to be held between 8-13th June in San Jose, California.

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