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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:03 PM
Laser Communication Mission Targets 2017 Launch
NASA’s next laser communication mission recently passed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), another major milestone towards the launch of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) scheduled for 2017.
The PDR is a major agency evaluation milestone of the engineering plan to execute the build and launch of LCRD onboard a Space Systems Loral commercial satellite. “The board concluded that the LCRD review was a resounding success,” said Tupper Hyde, chairperson of the PDR. “They met all review success criteria and the LCRD team is ready to proceed with mission plans to conduct this ground-breaking demonstration.”
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001