If humans ever decide to settle on the moon; they'd definitely need oxygen, water & a high-speed Internet connection. Looks like the problem of having a high-speed Internet connection on the moon has been solved. NASA's talented engineers have achieved a new communication speed record with a 622 Mbps data connection link between Earth and the Moon! It all indeed is a big deal considering the distance between the two planets is about 239,000 miles! Impressive isn't it?
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NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) system achieved this impressive data transmission speed using pulsed laser beam. NASA replaced the radio waves with laser beam and demonstrated that while the data can be downloaded at 622 Mbps, it can also upload data at 20 Mbps. The communication link was setup between ground station located in New Mexico to the spacecraft currently orbiting the moon.
NASA's Badri Younes says that the new system will be operational soon and open doors for the next generation of space communication. NASA has traditionally relied on radio frequencies (RF) for all the communication and it has reached its limit. With the new technology, it will be possible to transmit high resolution photos and even 3D videos from deep space.