Great idea. I had the same thought, but using NASA Goddard's LLCD (laser) that was space tested with LADEE mission in September/October 2013. Even if flight spares (2) were available, likely insufficient time to incorporate into both satellites.
Greg, w9gb ------
Hi Bob, Nice work to you and your team. Fingers are crossed.
Question:- Any chance equipment and frequencies can be worked out to allow a satellite to satellite link to the upcoming Qatar Es?hail 2 geostationary satellite. Just thinking out loud not knowing the planned geostationary location. The news release didn't mention (unless I missed it) what size/volume might be available.
Regards...Bill - N6GHz