Emergency Notification System Enables Coordinated Communication Across Facilities

The Communicator! NXT emergency
notification system
PlantCML, an EADS North America company
Franklin, TN

NASA will use PlantCML’s Communicator! NXT emergency notification system to improve its communication and incident response capabilities.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Communication protocols, Communication protocols, Collaboration and partnering, Disaster and emergency management, Emergency management

Equipment Enables Communications in Hazardous Locations

DICES Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX) communications equipment
Quintron Systems
Santa Maria, CA

NASA is installing Quintron’s Sub-MUX multi-channel communications system at two locations: Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. The first installation at Stennis will complete the required capacity at the SSC A1 Test Stand, and includes a Sub-MUX chassis and 11 user stations (four hazardous-duty wall-mount units and seven control-room rack units).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Electronic equipment, Telecommunications, Electronic equipment, Telecommunications

Meeting the Demand for Complex Communications Design

Communications engineers today must design to accommodate changing missions, shorter product lifecycles, and increasing computer power. As a result, they create hybrid systems that include RF, high-speed signal processing, lower-speed signal processing, and controls logic and control systems.

Posted in: Articles, Communications, Design processes, Architecture, Telecommunications systems, Architecture, Telecommunications systems, Systems engineering

Wireless Solutions Improve Communications and Productivity in Manufacturing Facilities

While automotive, aerospace, and high-tech equipment manufacturers are early adopters of wireless networks, the overall manufacturing industry has been slow in adoption.

Posted in: Articles, Communications, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Wireless communication systems, Wireless communication systems, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Productivity

Communications System Supports the Ames Airspace Operations Lab

Voice-over-IP communications system
Santa Maria, CA

Quintron was selected by NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) to supply a new Voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications system to support the ARC Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL) — a research facility to investigate improved operational techniques for Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations. The AOL provides representative ATC personnel operating stations along with “pseudo-pilot” positions to complete the simulation environment. Both the ATC and pseudo-pilot positions will utilize the Quintron VoIP for communications, with overall system configuration managed by the simulation control personnel.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Internet, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Test facilities

Communications Systems Support NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft

Communications systems and support equipment
L-3 Communications Corp.
Communications Systems West
Salt Lake City, UT

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA has chosen L-3 Communications Systems West to provide engineering, technical, and product support services for the center’s operation of two Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The contract supports Dryden’s planned operation of the two aircraft, their associated ground control station, and related systems. L-3 will be responsible for providing specialized analysis, engineering, functional tests, hardware or software development, or testing that requires specific L-3 proprietary data.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Wireless communication systems, Wireless communication systems, Unmanned aerial vehicles

Communications and Tracking Services Support Near-Earth Missions

Telemetry, tracking, and command services
ITT Corporation
White Plains, NY

ITT Corporation has been selected by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to perform telemetry, tracking, and command services for near-Earth missions under the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) contract. Under this contract, ITT will support NASA’s Space and Near Earth Networks, which provide most of the communications and tracking services for a wide range of Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including the International Space Station, the space shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Earth Observing System Satellites.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Satellite communications, Spacecraft guidance, Telemetry, Satellite communications, Spacecraft guidance, Telemetry

System Provides Critical Communications Among Stennis Rocket Test Team Members

Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX)
Quintron Systems
Santa Maria, CA

NASA has awarded Quintron Systems an Indefinite-Delivery- Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, and the first task order is for a command and control communications system that will be used at the rocket engine test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Alabama. This task order includes approximately 250 multi-channel communication key sets, of which 160 are certified for use within hazardous fuel areas.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Wireless communication systems, Wireless communication systems, Collaboration and partnering, Rocket engines, Test procedures

Fly-by-Wireless: A Less-Wire and Wireless Revolution for Aerospace Vehicle Architectures

Every ounce of weight brought to the lunar surface costs 40 to 60 times that in fuel needed at liftoff from the Earth. Part of that weight penalty is due to wires, but the cost of wires is much more than weight. Wired connectivity drives up the price of design from the beginning: it drives the cost of the many systems and structures; it drives inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrade costs; as well as the cost of making system changes. Future vehicles that can reduce the effects and limitations of wires will not be without risk or a lot of work, but the effort has begun.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Wireless, Instrumentation, Architecture, Fly-by-wire control systems, Architecture, Fly-by-wire control systems

Software-Defined Radio Software Aids Development of Space Telecommunications

NASA’s John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, has chosen the Green Hills Platform for Software Defined Radio (SDR) — with Spectrum Signal’s flexComm™ SDR- 4000 communications platform — for the rapid design, development, and refinement of its next-generation Space Telecommunications System Architecture. The Green Hills SDR Platform includes the INTEGRITY® RTOS, a POSIX.1- conformant real-time operating system certified by the IEEE to the POSIX 1003.1 standard; a dual-mode IPv4 networking stack support; and waveform design and development tools.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Software, Design processes, Architecture, Telecommunications systems, Architecture, Telecommunications systems, Product development, Spacecraft

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