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10. Jul 2019 at 17:43 Brussels News

ERDS-Space Data Highway in operation

EU-Commission presents laser transmission of information from satelites

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.