Modern components, such as fiber optic transceivers, have proven their worth in today’s communication systems and technologies. Tech manufacturers use these devices to develop products that make sending and receiving data easier for users. These products include mobile phones, computers, and satellites.
Speaking of satellites, transceivers are a regular fixture in the equipment used by the biggest names in space exploration, including NASA and the ESA. These agencies recognize the importance of transceivers in space missions and the benefits they offer. Transmitting data from outer space to Earth is easier and faster with these contraptions. Installed in satellites and spacecrafts, transceivers help reduce signal loss and damage to data.
Some of the latest applications of fiber optic transceivers include the following:
From Earth to the Moon and Back
In October 2013, NASA used a revolutionary data transmission system called the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) to demonstrate optical communications from the moon. The system, however, was still prone to issues such as signal loss, making it ideal for near-Earth operations only. Future improvements will make way for the development of better systems for deep space operations.
The ExoMars 2016 Project
Initiated by the ESA, the ExoMars 2016 project aims to gather valuable data that will help unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet. The centerpiece of the project is the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a spacecraft designed to orbit and scan Martian atmosphere for traces of life. TGO uses a high gain antenna dish, along with UHF-transceivers, to transmit data to its landers and rovers on the surface of Mars.
The Future of Telecommunication Networks
Mitsubishi Electric, a famous manufacturer of electrical components, recently unveiled a single receiver that operates at up to one Terabit per second (1Tb/s), 10 times faster than that of commercial transceivers. With this speed, delivering high-resolution photos and videos to command centers would be a breeze.
As technology evolves, people discover faster and better ways to send and receive data in real time. Hopefully, next-generation transceivers can make transmission of data-heavy content possible in deep space missions.