Optical communications for human spaceflight paper 2018 Optical Communications Systems for NASA's Human Space Flight Missions

Antonios A. Seas, Bryan Robinson, Tina Shih, Farzana Khatri, Mark Brumfield

The Laser-Enhanced Mission Communications Navigation and Operational Services (LEMNOS) office at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) manages two NASA optical communication related projects, the Orion EM-2 Optical Communications Terminal (O2O) and the Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) User Modem and Amplifier Terminal (ILLUMA-T) projects.
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GNSS Paper The Multi-GNSS Space Service Volume

Joel J. Parker, Frank H. Bauer, Benjamin W. Ashman, James J. Miller, Werner Enderle, Daniel Blonski

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), now routinely used for navigation by spacecraft in low Earth orbit, are being used increasingly by high-altitude users in geostationary orbit and high eccentric orbits as well, near to and above the GNSS constellations themselves.
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SSV Paper 2018 Space User Visibility Benefits of the Multi-GNSS Space Service Volume: An Internationally-Coordinated, Global and Mission-Specific Analysis

Werner Enderle, Francesco Gini, Henno Boomkamp, Joel J. Parker, Benjamin W. Ashman, Bryan W. Welch, Mick V. Koch, Obed S. Sands

The number and scope of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-based space applications has grown significantly since the first GNSS space receiver was flown in the early 1980's. The vast majority of GNSS space users operate in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), where the use of GNSS receivers has become routine.
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Book chapter on Space Mobile Network Space Mobile Network Concepts for Missions Beyond Low Earth Orbit

David J. Israel, Christopher J. Roberts, Robert M. Morgenstern, Jay L. Gao, Wallace S. Tai

The Space Mobile Network (SMN) is an architectural framework that will allow for quicker, more efficient and more easily available space communications services, providing user spacecraft with an experience similar to that of terrestrial mobile network users.
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Paper 2018 Securing and Auto-Synchronizing Communication over Free-Space Optics Using Quantum Key Distribution and Chaotic Systems

Naveed Mahmud, Esam El-Araby, Harry Shaw, La Vida Cooper

Free-Space Optical (FSO) communication provides very large bandwidth, relatively low cost, low power, low mass of implementation, and improved security when compared to conventional Free-Space Radio-Frequency (FSRF) systems.
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Smallsat Communications Paper 2018 Investigation into New Ground Based Communications Service Offerings in Response to SmallSat Trends

Scott H. Schaire, Serhat Altunc, Yen Fun Wong, Obadiah O. Kegege, George D. Bussey, Marcus Murbach, Howard Garon, Yudhajeet Dasgupta, Steve Gaines, Edward McCarty

The number of NASA sponsored Small Satellite (SmallSat) missions is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the next decade and beyond. There is a growing trend towards more ambitious SmallSat missions, including formation flying (Constellation, Cluster, Trailing) SmallSats and SmallSats destined for lunar orbit and beyond.
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pdf document Education and Outreach at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Harry C. Shaw, Sandra Vilevac, Seema Vithlani

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office maintains a year-round educational program for undergraduate and graduate students.
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pdf document Automated Spacecraft Communications Service Demonstration Using NASA's SCaN Testbed

Dale J. Mortensen, Christopher Roberts, Richard C. Reinhart

The traditional paradigm for space mission operations relies on inefficient, highly scripted pre-planned activities between space communications & navigation service providers and user ground mission operations centers.
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pdf document NASA's Launch Communications Ground Segment for the 21st Century Florida Spaceport

Christopher J. Roberts, David R. McCormick, Robert N. Tye, Eric J. Harris, David L. Carter, John J. Hudiburg, Patricia H. Peskett, Peter B. Celeste, Patricia R. Perrotto

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Near Earth Network (NEN) Project is implementing a new launch communications ground segment to provide services for the next generation of human and robotic space exploration systems.
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pdf document Commissioning of NASA's 3rd Generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS KLM)

Jennifer Donaldson, Gregory Heckler, Cheryl Gramling, Benjamin Ashman, Marco Toral, Christopher Carson, Jeremy Lyon

In the summer of 2017, the third and final spacecraft of the 3rd generation of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Complex 41 on the Eastern Test Range. Finishing final testing and integration in the first quarter of 2018, the TDRS-M communication and navigation satellite completes a constellation that began service in the early 1980s.
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