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Advanced Communications Systems

Advanced Communications Systems consists of the following technology projects focused on developing these technologies to enable future NASA missions.


The TANGA project leverages many on-going efforts at Glenn Research Center. The team: Works with vendors to get key subsystems in-house Emulates the architecture, Develops a testbed with the major subsystems Adds the required support infrastructure Evaluates the hardware suitability and recommends any necessary development or maturation Performs test in ranges, relevant system, environmental Leads … Read the rest ⇢

Cognitive Comm/SCaN Testbed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program is responsible for providing communications and navigation services to space flight missions throughout the solar system. Astronauts, mission controllers, and scientists depend upon the reliable transmission of information between Earth and spacecraft, from low-Earth orbit to deep space. The SCaN Testbed is … Read the rest ⇢

High Data Rate Architecture (HiDRA)

Provide a buffering and routing flight data interface servicing an array of scientific instruments reaching 10Gbps transfer rates; capable of supplying one or more high rate communications radios with extensibility to 200 Gbps. Serve as a space networking node, and demonstrate advanced protocols and concepts enabling daily 100 TB information transfers. Prototype and demonstrate performance … Read the rest ⇢


Combine the best features of select deep space radio frequency (RF) and optical communication elements into an integrated system Prototype and demonstrate performance of key components to increase Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), leading to integrated hybrid communications system demonstration Offers potential 40x (optical) and 16x (RF) data rates with comparable MRO payload mass Reduces deep … Read the rest ⇢

Technology Studies

NASA’s communication and navigation capability is based on the premise that communications shall enable and not constrain missions. Advancement in communication and navigation technology will allow future missions to implement new and more capable science instruments, greatly enhance human missions beyond Earth orbit, and enable entirely new mission concepts. Today our communication and navigation capabilities, … Read the rest ⇢

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