NASA JPL: “Clouds Obscure Satellite Laser”

NASA JPL has recently had some wins with their satellite to ground laser communications prototype, OPALS, with 18 successful tests from Table Mountain. But, as with their terrestrial counterparts, fog & clouds are still blocking progress: “At times, weather was a challenge, with clouds obscuring the lasers. The payload showed the capability to reacquire the signal after cloud blockage,” Matthew Abrahamson, OPALS mission manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said.

Fog Optics can help address this and other atmospheric issues that will need answers in the coming years.

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