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In the digital age, connectivity and bandwidth are important, even if you’re in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). And when you’re performing research and experiments that could help pave the way for future missions to the Moon, to Mars, and other deep-space destinations, it’s especially important. Hence why NASA recently upgraded the ISS’ connection, effectively doubling the rate at which it can send and receive data.
Whether it’s missions in LEO or all the way in the outer Solar System, quick and effective communications are absolutely essential to ensure that critical mission data gets to control centers and scientists back on Earth. With its new connection, the ISS now has a 600 megabit-per-second (Mbps) connection, doubling the amount of data the station can transmit and receive at any given time.
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These upgrades will also help pave the way for similar upgrades that will be made to NASA’s proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (aka. Lunar Gateway). As George Morrow, the acting center director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said:
“NASA’s communications networks play a pivotal role in every NASA mission, enabling data from human spaceflight, space and Earth science research missions and technological demonstrations to reach Earth for the benefit of humanity. This increase in data rate capability for the International Space Station underlines our commitment to provide high-quality operational services for NASA exploration missions today and in the future.”
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Since it commenced operations in 2000, the ISS has provided astronauts and scientists with a unique environment to conduct research that would not otherwise be possible on Earth. This research provides insight into the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body and other organisms and allows for technology to be tested in microgravity.
These experiments and technology demonstrations rely...
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