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Communication, Navigation and Networking Re-Configurable Testbed (CONNECT) Software Defined Radios in the News

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Several recent news articles have been published highlighting the Communication, Navigation and Networking Re-Configurable Testbed (CONNECT) Project. The Orlando Business Journal reported, “Harris Corporation has announced it has received a 14-month, multi-million-dollar contract from NASA to develop Ka-band capable radios as part of the Communications, Navigation and Networking Reconfigurable Testbed, which will be installed on the International Space Station in 2011. The goal of the program is to provide an on-orbit, adaptable radio facility to conduct a suite of experiments.”

Aviation Week’s Frank Morring wrote, “The U.S. space agency is funding development of software-defined radios (SDRs) that can be reconfigured for different purposes quickly and relatively cheaply. Headed by a team at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, the CONNECT studies aim to test reconfigurable SDRs on the International Space Station beginning in 2011.”