Laser communicating technology has come out of the boardroom towards real execution as the first Laser equipped satellite is set to be launched by the European Data Relay System (EDRS), or SpaceDataHighway at the end of this month. It’s being compared to having a fiber optic cable in space which is capable to supply high speed net and other types of communicating. The 1.8 Gigabit per second system is being launched through a partnership of two big names in European aerospace sector, Airbus, and European Space Agency. It is going to act as a relaying apparatus between planes, satellites, and ground stations.
The EDRS A as it’s called, will be launched on January 28 from the largest rocket launch facility in earth, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on top of a Proton rocket. When it’s reached the orbit, it is going to match up with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 of the European World Observation Application Copernicus and stations across the world in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. The satellite is now being managed by Eutelsat and was developed by Airbus Defense and Space. The Laser communicating pod was made by Airbus subsidiary company Tesat Spacecom at an approximated price of 500 million Euros. It is going to enable the satellite to receive 50 terabytes of information each day with the aid of the Laser communicating terminal onboard.
It is going to enable us track climate change, to forecast natural disasters and most importantly enable a seamless transfer of information from the stations to help in valuable research being undertaken by the European scientists. It will likewise be sued for agriculture, Intelligence Surveillance and weather forecasting. Another satellite will find the entirety of Earth being covered with the aid of three such satellites like in any geostationary orbit.
So, when are we going to see that type of web?