Laser Communications Experiment

Laser Communications Experiment streamed from deep space, by Psyche spacecraft traveling to the asteroid belt.

This 15-second ultra-high-definition video featuring a cat named Taters was streamed via laser from deep space by NASA on Dec. 11, 2023.

It was part of the technology demonstration known as Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC), which is attached to the Psyche spacecraft traveling to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The video was transmitted from nearly 19 million miles (31 million kilometers) away. The signal took about 101 seconds to reach Earth. The video was sent at the system’s maximum bit rate of 267 megabits per second.

Graphics superimposed over the orange tabby cat illustrate several features from the tech demo, such as Psyche’s orbital path and technical information about the laser.

source NASA