[nSLUG] 1.2 Gigabit wireless

Jason Kenney jason at ohm.ath.cx
Fri Sep 2 15:04:46 ADT 2005

> Looking at some news on web.de. The DLR  (Germany space agency) has tested 
> data transfer over a laser beam. The beam was transmitted from a balloon at 
> an altitude of  22km, received by a ground station 60 km away. Error free 
> Transmission speed was as high as 1.2 gigabit/sec.  DLR didn't say if they 
> were using Linux . ;)

"Error free"? Doesn't all data transfer like this have errors? They are 
just corrected? And there is a trade off between signal strength and error 
rate (usually the probability of bit error I think).

Oh well. Reporters never have the interesting parts of the science in 
their articles.



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