Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)

Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)

OVERVIEW

The Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project manages critical upgrades to space communications infrastructure. These upgrades will modernize the Space Network ground stations and improve many of its capabilities.

SGSS’s upgrades will enable increased customer data rates and volume. This means larger amounts of data can be transmitted more quickly. As technology improves, we are able to gather much more data, for example, capturing images from space with higher resolutions. This enables the scientific community to perform more in depth research, but the capability becomes even more useful if we are able to get that data to the community faster. The upgrades will improve data quality, which means there will be fewer errors during data transmission meaning missions won’t have to deal with data gaps. The upgrades will improve customer coverage, so that missions can stay in contact with their spacecraft more frequently. The upgrades will also reduce maintenance requirements, and extend the system’s longevity, making it more cost effective to operate, and ensure the Space Network will remain a viable communications network for many more years.

An upgrade of this magnitude while simultaneously maintaining operational viability has never before been performed.

Quick Facts

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In total, 13 ground antennas at White Sands Complex will be upgraded along with their associated control, transmit and receive systems.
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An upgrade of this magnitude while simultaneously maintaining operational viability has never before been performed.
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SGSS upgrades will utilize “commercial-off-the-shelf” technologies, which further reduces development and maintenance costs.