Science and Exploration

ESA, NASA, MIT Team in Space Laser Test

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 30, 2013
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ESA, NASA, MIT Team in Space Laser Test
ESA, NASA, MIT team in space laser test.

Teams from ESA and NASA worked during the week of 19 July 2013 at a Zurich, Switzerland, facility owned by ESA’s industrial partner RUAG to conduct compatibility testing between the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) moon orbiter terminal and the ESA ground station terminal.
The NASA team, supported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, brought over their laser terminal simulator, while ESA together with RUAG and Axcon of Denmark set up the European equipment to test compatibility between the two sets of hardware.

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