Young JPL Staff Use ISS For Optical Comms Tests

By Frank Morring, Jr. .
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology .

Even as more senior staffers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., begin to explore Mars with the state-of-the-art Curiosity rover, a group of scientists, engineers and neophyte managers in their 20s is preparing to use whatever is at hand to validate space-to-ground laser communications. That includes commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) avionics, the International Space Station and the SpaceX Dragon cargo carrier ...

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