The first communications satellite, Echo

Echo: The Ancestor of NASA's Communications Satellites

August 13, 2018

Decades before satellite TV or GPS, NASA used a huge silver balloon to prove global communications via satellite possible. This was Echo, the U.S.’s first communication satellite, which paved the way for many current communication technologies.

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Spectrum Management rainbow graphic

Spectrum Management: Protecting NASA’s Exploration Activities

July 16, 2018
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Spectrum Management office is a hidden guardian for space communications activities, protecting the crucial, yet finite, spectrum Goddard needs to launch missions, conduct science and explore the universe. view
Javier Lecha, Search and Rescue office deputy mission manager for national affairs

Employee Spotlight: Javier Lecha

June 20, 2018

In building eight of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, behind a large cube of polished glass, rests a small metal bauble of outsized importance. NASA is no stranger to such trinkets. A cabinet a few feet away contains sundry plaques and statuettes, each celebrating a facet of Goddard’s work.

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White Sands Antennas

NASA's Ground Stations: Solid Footing on the Ground for a Better View of the Sky

June 18, 2018

Since the beginning of humankind’s exploration of our solar system, we have needed a way to communicate with and track our spacecraft. Today, the Space Network (SN) provides this important service. The SN is a system of ground-based antennas and satellites in orbit around Earth. Without the SN, missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope or the International Space Station could not communicate their unique scientific discoveries with us. view

Upgraded search and rescue ground station console to be compatible with new beacon technology

Goddard Spearheads Distress Beacon, Ground Segment Upgrades to Enhance Life-Saving Activities

June 13, 2018
As part of efforts by NASA and its partners to develop and implement quicker, more accurate second-generation emergency locator beacons, NASA’s Search and Rescue (SAR) office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently completed upgrades to its ground station, making the station the first to be compatible with the second-generation beacons. view