Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Laser Internet

PostedSeptember 8, 2013

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Anchor Lead: This weekend’s NASA rocket launch from Virginia to the moon includes a mission to test the use of lasers for transmitting information over long distances.

Randy Atkins: While the NASA mission is just a test, plans are underway to bypass cables, fiber optics, and radio links by letting internet traffic travel as laser beams into space…then bounce off satellites and also get delivered via laser to a ground-based receiver near its ultimate destination.

Robert Brumley: The satellite system itself is really just essentially a pipe in space that is providing the capacity in the same wave form, the same internet protocol, that any carrier would recognize.

Randy Atkins: Robert Brumley, CEO of Reston-based Laser Light Communications, says this would be faster and more secure, and…

Robert Brumley: …it’s the most efficient way to move large amounts of bandwidth with the lowest risk and cost.

Randy Atkins: Four years from now, the company plans to launch 12 satellites for global internet coverage. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.