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Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD)

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Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration
The OCSD mission demonstrated high-speed optical transmission of data using a miniature laser communications system to increased downlink data rates for small spacecraft from the typical prior rates of about 10 kilobits per second (kb/s) to 200 megabits per second (Mb/s). The mission will also demonstrate small spacecraft proximity operations and RF-crosslinking of data between two spacecraft. OCSD included two flight demonstrations, a single satellite engineering risk reduction flight with a 1.5U CubeSat and then the full demonstration mission with two 1.5U CubeSats. More »

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