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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.


Cognitive Communications

Intelligent, autonomous communications systems working together to optimize the exploration of our solar system.

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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 ⇢

Test Bed

SCaN Test Bed

Launched on July 20, 2012, on a Japanese H-IIB Transfer Vehicle, the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed was installed on the International Space Station to provide an on-orbit, adaptable software-defined radio (SDR) facility with corresponding ground and operational systems. The SCaN Testbed (STB) led groundbreaking efforts to champion use of software defined radios for … Read the rest ⇢

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