Unifying our Networks

Cell phones have enabled people to venture further and more confidently across the globe than ever before. That shows the impact of seamless communications, and ESC seeks to provide the same experience for space missions. That’s why they are developing a next-generation architecture that will make communications more flexible, efficient and cost-effective.

ESC is unifying their two existing networks to create what they call the Space Mobile Network. The new system will provide higher data rates, greater flexibility and continued reliability for near-Earth missions, as well as move toward becoming interoperable with other commercial and government systems. As missions look further into the universe and collect more data than ever before, this new architecture will open the doors to the scientific discoveries of tomorrow.

Read more about this new approach to space communications.

A Rich History

NASA’s communications networks have a long legacy, dating back to even before the agency began in 1958. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center provides the communications connection that enables NASA to explore our universe.

Goddard manages the Space Network and the Near Earth Network, which together provide 98 percent of NASA’s communications coverage for spacecraft and missions.The Space Network is NASA’s first geosynchronous, space-based communications network, consisting of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) that communicate with a minimal number of ground stations. A number of worldwide tracking stations, both government and commercial, comprise the Near Earth Network.

Read More

Resources for Our Customers

For our customers and other interested parties, we have included below a Space Communications and Navigation services catalog. Also included are the user’s guides for our networks to help you learn more about our services, and a new customer questionnaire to help you begin your journey with us. If we can do it for more than 40 missions, we can do it for you.

SCaN Service Catalog
NIMO New Customer Questionnaire
Near Earth Network Compatibility Matrix

Our Network Background
nen-link
Our two networks combine to provide 98 percent of NASA’s space communications coverage.
sn-link
Our two networks combine to provide 98 percent of NASA’s space communications coverage.
tdrs-link
These development projects pave the way to the future of NASA’s space communications.
sgss-link
These development projects pave the way to the future of NASA’s space communications.

request-link

Trust us to provide mission-effective services – more than 40 other missions do.