DSOC will attempt to establish laser communications with ground stations in Southern California on its way to the metal-rich asteroid 16 Psyche for two years. Unlike conventional radio communications, DSOC near-infrared lasers achieve data rates 10 to 100 times faster (about 400 Mbps). The system uses a telescope to detect and transmit signals from near-infrared lasers, and its advanced technology is essential for capturing weak signals over wide cosmic distances.

While one of the main objectives, synchronized communication with Mars is not possible due to the speed of light, DSOC capabilities promise significant improvements for future deep space missions.

Source: Ferra

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