Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Interplanetary Broadband?

The ability to transmit information via light would be a tremendous boon for the space program. Currently, interplanetary transmission rates are roughly equivalent to that acheived by your old 1200 baud modem (if you had a modem about 20 years ago, that is). This report from MIT's Technology Review suggests that the laser-based broadband nut may have been cracked.