LGS Innovations has bagged a contract to deliver a laser transmitter to the NASA Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) Project Laser Transmitter Assembly (LTA). The DSOC instrument will be flown on NASA’s Psyche Discover Class Mission as a technology demonstration. It will be capable of transmitting engineering and science data from the Psyche Spacecraft in parallel with the Spacecraft’s existing X-band telecommunications system.
Manned and unmanned exploration missions will require high bandwidth communications links to ground stations on Earth to support advanced scientific instruments, high definition video, and high-resolution imagery. LGS Innovations’ next-generation laser transmitter will boost data transmission, thereby driving the efficiency of future solar system exploration missions.
The NASA Psyche mission, led by Arizona State University, is a three-and-a-half-year journey set to explore the building blocks of planets, including Earth, by examining a rare nickel-iron asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter that is thought to be an exposed planetary core. It is expected to launch in 2022 and arrive at Psyche in 2026 for a 21-month observation period in orbit.
The unprecedented high-bandwidth communications links will enable a wider range of future scientific inquiry than is currently possible, as well as improved human communications back to Earth.