NASA Meatball

NASA, ATLAS to Mature Portable Space Communications Technology
March 14, 2018

Portable ground antenna stations could transform NASA’s space communications capabilities. With access to undeveloped regions, the mobile systems could bolster the return of spacecraft science, instrument health and other data to Earth.

Tom Williams photo

How Spacecraft Testing Enabled Bone Marrow Research
February 22, 2018

In the 1970s, a NASA employee stepped up to a challenge posed by the National Institutes of Health or NIH: to freeze bone marrow.

TDRS artist concept

Last NASA Communications Satellite of its Kind Joins Fleet
February 15, 2018

NASA has begun operating the last satellite of its kind in the network that provides communications and tracking services to more than 40 NASA missions, including critical, real-time communication with the International Space Station.

South Pole TDRS Relay-2

Life-saving NASA Communications System Turns 20
January 09, 2018

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) don’t just enable data from spacecraft to reach Earth – they provide internet and even telemedicine to researchers at the South Pole. The South Pole TDRS Relay (SPTR) system turns 20 years old on Jan. 9, 2018.

Engineers prepare LCRD flight modem 2 for testing

NASA Laser Communications Payload Undergoing Integration and Testing
December 15, 2017

NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission has begun integration and testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The mission will demonstrate how a transition from radio to laser communications will exponentially improve the way we connect with astronauts and spacecraft.

Antarctica selfie

Antarctic Selfie’s Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking
November 27, 2017

NASA is boosting cyber to space with benefits for Earth. On Nov. 20, 2017, a selfie snapped from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica demonstrated technology that can enable the future interplanetary internet. Called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), the technology is NASA’s solution to reliable interplanetary data transmissions when vast distances or alignments of celestial bodies may disrupt communications.

Alaska antenna

New Antenna in Alaska Expands Spacecraft Communications Capabilities
October 03, 2017

NASA’s newest communications antenna became operational today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Alaska Satellite Facility in Fairbanks. The antenna will increase the agency’s communications support to Earth-observing missions.

RadSat co-investigator with spacecraft component

NASA Small Satellite Promises Big Communications Discoveries
September 19, 2017

Small satellites provide a cheap, responsive alternative to larger, more expensive satellites. As demand grows, engineers must adapt these "nanosatellites" to provide greater data returns.

TDRS in orbit

NASA’s Newest Communications Satellite Reaches Geosynchronous Orbit, Deploys Components
August 31, 2017

Following the successful launch of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M, NASA’s newest communications satellite, on Aug. 18, the spacecraft has reached its targeted location in geosynchronous orbit, and completed deployment of all major components in preparation for on-orbit testing.

TDRS-M lifts off

TDRS-M Successfully Launched Aug. 18
August 18, 2017

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.