High-speed radio link for astronauts • Earth.com

Last update: December 9th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Columbus Ka-band antenna (ColKa), which will be installed on the exterior of Europe’s Columbus laboratory to become part of the International Space Station.

ColKa will provide astronauts and researchers with data speeds of up to 50 mbit/s.

Before the antenna is deployed, the hardware must be tested at the ESA’s technical center in The Netherlands. ColKa is pictured here in the Hertz test chamber.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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