Super-Fast Space Laser Satellites Could Help Save Lives On Earth
The European Space Agency just launched the first node in a new satellite network that could help first responders on Earth.By Ethan Weston | January 30, 2016
Lasers. In space. That's how the European Space Agency is planning to improve response time to potential issues back on Earth. And this week, it launched the first satellite in a new network to make that possible.
The new satellites could be used for a lot of things, from collecting up-to-date data about the environment to helping first responders in a natural disaster. They might even be useful in tracking piracy or pollution. In short, they could save lives.
That's because these satellites will relay information to Earth quicker than older satellites. How? They use lasers to communicate with one another, allowing for data to transfer at up to 1.8 Gigabits per second. That's about 150 times faster than the average Internet speed in America.