Chinese scientists take a step closer to 6G with optical switch

To address demands, networks need to become three-dimensional in the future By Ameya Paleja, Published by Interesting Engineering, 16 October 2023 Scientists at the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully tested optical switching in space for the first time, South China Morning

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NASA Space Lasers Could Become Earth’s First Line of Defense Against Collisions and Spaceborne Threats

By Christopher Plain, Published by The Debrief, 5 October 2023 NASA has partnered with West Virginia University to develop a multi-platform system of space lasers, which the space agency says will be capable of defending the country’s space assets from catastrophic collisions and other potential spaceborne threats. By using advanced

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SpaceX wins $70 million Space Force contract for Starshield military satellites

By Brett Tingley, Published by Space.com, 2 October 2023 Starshield satellites are capable of hosting "the most demanding customer payload missions." SpaceX has won its first contract with the United States Space Force for its new Starshield satellite constellation.  The one-year contract is worth $70 million and was confirmed by

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Artist's illustration of Starlink's satellites communicating with lasers

Starlink launches V2 mini-satellites with ‘space lasers’

Artist's illustration of Starlink's satellites communicating with lasers By Ameya Paleja, published by Interesting Engineering, 3 October 2023 Data transfers between satellites in the constellation can now reach speeds of 100 Gbps without involving ground stations. Elon Musk's SpaceX has achieved yet another milestone in space-based internet services after launching

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Britain accelerating laser weapon programme

By George Allison, Published by UK Defence Journal, 4 September 2023 The Ministry of Defence has issued a Prior Information Notice to industry, signalling an intent to “accelerate and exploit at pace DEW as an emerging technology.” The notice serves as an advisory for a potential upcoming contract to tender

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