ERDS-Space Data Highway in operation
The European Commission has presented today the Space data highway within the so called EDRS - the European Data Relay sSystem.
This is the first high-speed laser transmission system, which can in quasi real time send images from satellites to Earth.
The transfer rate is up to 7-times higher that with current systems. This data highway will be used by the Copernicus satellites which monitor the environment and aid at life rescuing operations.
The ERDS is a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency and Airbus – subsidised by the EU with 90 million EUROS.Tomditolm