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Browse a wide range of solutions for challenges facing design engineers working with communication platforms that include applications in laser, acoustics, optical, tactile, and wireless communications. Find the latest technical briefs, articles, white papers, and webinars.

Application Briefs: Communications
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...

Podcasts: Communications
Glenn Rakow, SpaceWire Development Lead, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Glenn Rakow is the Development Lead for SpaceWire, a high-speed communications protocol for spaceflight electronics originally developed in 1999 by the Euro - pean Space Agency (ESA). Under Rakow’s leadership, the SpaceWire standard was developed into a network...

Application Briefs: Communications
Telemetry, tracking, and command services
ITT Corporation
White Plains, NY

ITT Corporation has been selected by the NASA...

Who's Who: Aerospace

Glenn Rakow is the Development Lead for SpaceWire, a high-speed communications protocol for space-flight electronics originally developed in 1999 by the European...

Application Briefs: Communications
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...

Articles: Aerospace
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...

Blog: Communications
Wireless Power Transfer

A team from MIT has demonstrated wireless power transfer, which would enable cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and other portable electronics to charge themselves without being plugged in. Some of these devices may not even need their batteries to operate.

The team was able to light a 60W light bulb from a power...

Blog: Communications

Small, universal mobile receivers are needed that are capable of receiving mobile satellite television signals. These receivers should be similar to those installed and used by satellite radio. The receivers will convert the signal from a satellite to a mounted or OEM satellite, thus delivering cable television to mobile...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Wireless Data-Acquisition System for Testing Rocket Engines

A prototype wireless data-acquisition system has been developed as a potential replacement for a wired data-acquisition system heretofore used in testing rocket engines. The traditional use of wires to connect sensors, signal-conditioning circuits, and data acquisition circuitry is...

Application Briefs: Communications

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™...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Acoustic Measurement System

A prototype wireless acoustic measurement system (WAMS) is one of two main subsystems of the Acoustic Prediction/ Measurement Tool, which comprises software, acoustic instrumentation, and electronic hardware combined to afford integrated capabilities for predicting and measuring noise emitted by rocket and...

Articles: Communications

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of NASA Tech Briefs, our features in 2006 highlight a different technology category each month, tracing the past 30 years of the technology, and continuing with a...

Briefs: Communications
Orbiter Interface Unit and Early Communication System

A report describes the Orbiter Interface Unit (OIU) and the Early Communication System (ECOMM), which are systems of electronic hardware and software that serve as the primary communication links for the International Space Station (ISS). When a space shuttle is at or near the ISS during...