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JAXA and Sony CSL to Conduct In-Orbit Demonstrations of Long-Distance Laser Communication

2019/8/7

Conduct In-Orbit Demonstrations of Long-Distance Laser Communication Using Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) announced their plans to conduct in-orbit demonstrations of the long-distance laser communication system, which they have jointly developed with the aim of establishing a real-time, mass-data communication system for future inter-satellite communications and communications with ground stations. The system, currently known as Small Optical Link for International Space Station (SOLISS), will be carried aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV8) "KOUNOTORI-8", the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS), which is scheduled for launch on September 11th, 2019. The in-orbit demonstrations will be conducted using the Exposed Facility of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo".

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