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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

Cognitive communications research aims to mitigate the increasing communication complexity for mission users by increasing the autonomy of links, networks, and service scheduling.  NASA has traditionally launched single spacecraft missions, typically scheduled weeks in advance, with each asset serving a single user spacecraft at a time. Recently, NASA science missions have found benefit in an … Read the rest ⇢

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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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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