The LADEE mission, on which LLCD is a hosted payload, is scheduled to launch in August 2013. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Related Links There are many ways to get involved with NASA at home, learning about the agency’s history and vital mission online. LADEE is designed to characterize the tenuous lunar atmosphere and dust environment … Home; About Educators Explore Beginner. The LLCD mission consists of space-based and ground-based components. Space Operations Learning Center. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. LLCD will be NASA's first-step in creating a high performance space-based laser communications system. A follow-on to NASA’s 2013 Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission, LCRD is a technology demonstration to demonstrate and validate the use of optical communications relay satellites. The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division has digital resources for people of all ages and interest levels wanting to learn more about space communications and navigation. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., manages LADEE within the Lunar Quest Program Office. ‹ › NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Computing Environments and Collaborative Technologies Branch/Code 585 NASA Official: Ben Lui Curator: David Kuok Text Only Version. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launched 07 September 2013 at 03:27 UT (06 September 11:27 EDT) on a Minotaur-V from Wallops Flight Facility. Contact Explore Space Operations With the SOLC Team! NASA Wallops Flight Facility has the responsibility for launch vehicle integration, launch services and launch range operations.