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Is it a real-time communication rate measure? As in it would take one second to receive 1 kbit from Pluto?

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  • $\begingroup$ Effectively, yes. $\endgroup$ Feb 26, 2016 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ ? I recall 2 estimates. Earth is 8 light minutes from the sun, and Pluto is 30AU minimum from sun. 240 minutes for data to reach us from Pluto. Give or take. Once it starts flowing you get 1kb/sec $\endgroup$ Feb 28, 2016 at 15:06

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The rate is the maximum data rate from New Horizons to Earth, assuming the 70m dish is being used, and there isn't significant data loss. See this article from the Planetary Society.

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you @PearsonArtPhoto. So 1kbit/s is the rate of communication after the 1st bit got received, i.e. after the 4,5 hours that the signal takes from Pluto to Earth. Is that it? $\endgroup$
    – Gustavo
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, that is correct. $\endgroup$
    – PearsonArtPhoto
    Feb 26, 2016 at 15:48

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