NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the agency’s first test of high-bandwidth optical communications beyond the Moon. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration is launching aboard the Psyche spacecraft.
The following participants will discuss the goals of this demonstration and benefits of high-data-rate laser communications that could be used by future NASA missions:
- Jeff Volosin, acting deputy associate administrator and program manager for Space Communications and Navigation
- Tawnya Laughinghouse, program manager for Technology Demonstration Missions
- Abi Biswas, DSOC project technologist
- Meera Srinivasan, DSOC ground system product delivery manager and operations lead
Psyche is a NASA interplanetary mission to visit the main belt asteroid of the same name, 16 Psyche. Spacecraft will take 4 years and one Mars flyby to reach the asteroid, which is of particular interest due to being comprised mostly of iron and nickel. Psyche is theorized to be a remnant of an early planet's core, and may offer insights into how solar system formed and evolved. The mission is led by Arizona State University, with NASA JPL being responsible for mission management and operations.Heliocentric N/A B1065 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 2 B1064 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1 B1079 - Maiden Flight Atlantic Ocean