Success Stories: LCRD

ATA Plays Key Role in NASA Laser Communications Relay Demonstration

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is incorporating ATA's space-qualified inertially stable platform product into the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). ATA recently delivered two inertially stable platforms to GSFC for use in the LCRD mission.  The ATA LCRD team delivered the units ahead of schedule and performed all assembly and integration as well as vibration and thermal testing for the platforms.

According to NASA’s LCRD Overview webpage, the LCRD mission proposes to revolutionize the way we send and receive data, video and other information, using lasers to encode and transmit data at rates 10 to 100 times faster than RF communications systems, while using significantly less mass and power. LCRD leverages significant work done by MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) for NASA's Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD).  (To read more about ATA’s heritage with MIT LL and NASA’s Laser Communication Demonstration Missions, please click here.)  A commercial geosynchronous communications satellite will host LCRD for a launch in 2017.