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Exploration & Space Communications
The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has reorganized its portfolio to execute the bold commercialization plan set forth by NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program. This plan cements the U.S. government’s commitment to engage with private industry to build a commercial space economy.
Near-Space Communications Reimagined
LCRD communicating with optical links
NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration: 6 Things You Need to Know
In collaboration with the Italian Space Agency, navigation engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center are building a system that can employ the same navigation satellite signals used on Earth for navigation on the lunar surface. That technology demonstration mission, the Lunar GNSS Receiver Experiment (LuGRE), recently passed critical milestones on its journey to the Moon.
Lunar Navigation Demonstration Mission Passes Critical Milestones
 Illustration of NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration communicating with the International Space Station over laser links.
NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Gears Up for Launch

Keeping Explorers Connected

The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division recognizes that every moment is an opportunity for action. We stand ready to provide cross-cutting technical expertise and creative problem-solving to deliver not only high rate/full coverage communications services, but bold, forward-thinking solutions to advance exploration and discovery.

Our network

The Near Space Network is a vital communications interface that synthesizes government and commercial services into comprehensive, mission-enabling support for missions. The network leverages the innovation of industry alongside NASA's time-tested expertise and proven track record of success.


ESC engineers play a critical role in enabling NASA to explore more of our universe than ever before, crafting cutting-edge solutions for the next generation of science and discovery.


ESC projects affect billions of lives around the globe, from creating technology for search and rescue to bringing down data used in weather forecasting and much more.

Expertise in…

Communicating is at the heart of every human endeavor, but it becomes especially important when communicating with humans and spacecraft far from Earth’s surface.

Our Near Space Network transports 30,000 Gigabits of data each day. That’s about 90 percent of the data from all NASA missions.

We provide communications support to a wide variety of scientific, technology, and human spaceflight missions.

We advance emerging technologies such as optical communications, quantum communications, disruption tolerant networking, and more.

quote iconEnabling NASA’s scientific exploration and discovery. Without communications and navigation, there is no mission.

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