CLICK (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)

CLICK  (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
CLICK  (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
CLICK  (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
CLICK  (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
CLICK  (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
Name CLICK (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Blue Canyon
Launch brokerer NASA CSLI / ELaNa
Oneliner

Demonstrate the optical crosslink.

Description

Demonstrate the optical crosslink, which is the focus of this work. Two 3U full-duplex laser communication terminals capable of supporting data rates of up to 20 Mbps at separations from 25 km to 580 km.

Simultaneously send and receive signals from distances up to 360 miles. With this full-duplex laser communications capability, the CubeSats can exchange more data at once than current satellites of this size. Using the same laser system, the pair also will precisely measure their distance and relative position from each other. These capabilities will aid future communications relays, distributed missions, and constellations or formations of these low-cost satellites around science-rich locations and exploration targets like the Moon.

Sources [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Photo Sources [1] [2] [3] [4]
Keywords Laser transmitter

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
CLICK A (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK) Operational (One confirmation on Twitter on 2022-09-06 as of 2022-12-20) 2022-07-15 400 km, 51.6 deg, ISS
CLICK B (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK) not launched 2023-12-30 not launched
CLICK C (CubeSat Laser Infrared CrosslinK) not launched 2023-12-30 not launched

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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