80% weather forecast favorable for the launch of the ULA Atlas V rocket on Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral


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two hour launch window opens at 4:04 a.m. EST

ABOVE VIDEO: Watch live on Tuesday. On December 7, 2021, as the ULA Atlas V rocket takes off from the Cape Canaveral space station with the Space Test Program (STP) -3 mission for the US Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC).

(NASA) – NASA takes a step into the next era of space communications with the launch of its laser communications relay demonstration on Tuesday, December 7 as part of the United States Space Force Space Systems’ 3 space test program Command (STP-3) mission.

STP-3 will be launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida. Its two-hour launch window opens at 4:04 a.m. EST.

Live coverage of the launch is scheduled to air on Space Coast Daily TV’s website and on the NASA app from 3:30 a.m. EST.

The 45th Weather Squadron launch forecast shows conditions are 80% favorable for the rocket launch on Tuesday. The main concern of the launch team is the presence of thick clouds in the area during the targeted launch window.

Laser communications – also known as optical communications because they use light to send information – offer higher data rates than traditional radio frequency systems, allowing more data to be transmitted with each transmission.

NASA takes a step towards the next era of space communications with the launch of its laser communications relay demonstration on Sunday, December 5 as part of the Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) mission of the Space Force Space Systems Command of the States -United. (photo by NASA)

The LCRD will demonstrate space-to-ground laser communications connecting ground stations in Hawaii and California. Later in the mission, the LCRD will receive and transmit data from an optical terminal that NASA will place on the International Space Station.

Dive into the heart of laser communications

Take a look at the development of LCRD with a show on NASA EDGE laser communications.

NASA’s The Invisible Network podcast will launch a special LCRD series on launch day, with additional episodes released over the following four Wednesdays.

STP-3 will be launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida. Its two-hour launch window opens at 4:04 a.m. EST. (Image courtesy of ULA)

The podcast will shine a light on the future of laser communication technologies demonstrated by this mission and the people behind it.

NASA’s LCRD is launched aboard the Department of Defense Satellite-6 Space Test Program (STPSat-6), which is part of the Space Test Program 3 mission.

An additional NASA scientific payload will also be launched aboard STPSat-6: UVSC Pathfinder, the Ultraviolet Spectro-Coronagraph Pathfinder.

The mission is a joint NASA-US Naval Research Laboratory experiment that studies the origins of solar energetic particles, the most dangerous form of radiation from the Sun.

LCRD is led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Partners include NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

LCRD is funded by the NASA Technology Demonstration Missions program under the Space Technology Missions Directorate, and the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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