Coming to a satellite near you: broadband optical communications
Posted on: February 4, 2019
Although microwave and light-based optical communications (i.e., lasers) travel at the same speed (that of light), free-space optical (FSO) transmissions offer a huge advantage over microwave transmissions, especially when it comes to satellite communications and deep-space exploration: bandwidth. Lots of bandwidth. Because light has a much higher frequency than RF/microwave,...