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

30 Years of Communications Technology

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 glimpse into the future of where the technology is headed. Along the way, we include insights from industry leaders on the past, present, and future of each technology. This month, we take a look at the past 30 years of Communications Technology.

Posted in: Articles, Communications, Communication protocols, Telecommunications, Communication protocols, Telecommunications, Historical reference

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