OPALS can send lasers at bandwidths higher than any possible radio waves and is capable of transmitting at rates of 10 to 1,000 times faster than radio wave methods.
Nasa's OPAL experiment demonstrated video transmission speeds of up to 50MB per second transmission which is 200MB per second for deep-space missions.
Watch the video NASA transmitted to Earth on a laser beam. Guess what the Message was?
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- Secondly this technology is already in use for the Nasa's Moon hovercraft project where communications are as fast as 200MB/sec and using the similar principle for Earth's communication our deep space projects will be much more efficient in delivering the millions spent on space projects.
- Thirdly this technology serves as a base for future projects like the laser propulsion projects of propelling objects in space without using any payload and just using the powerful laser beams. Just imagine destroying or diverting a asteroid heading for earth using this laser propulsion technology which has much more to give in the coming years.