NASA is set to test a “Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) technology” in space, with the aim of speeding up space communications.The LCRD will be launched on December 4, following a two-year delay.It will be launched into space by Department of Defence, onboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) mission.Mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.It will benefit “Artemis manned Moon-landing mission”, which is scheduled to be executed in 2025. The plan for the laser mission was approved in 2011. However, in 2018 it got warning from ‘Government Accountability Office’ regarding some changes in its scope and design. Later, mission got postponed due to covid-19 pandemic induced restrictions.
Significance of the Laser Mission
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