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NASA Glenn Honored with R&D 100 Awards — KiloPower and Ka-Band Software-Defined Radio

Teams of engineers and scientists working in communications and space power technology at NASA’s Glenn Research Center will be recognized this week for two of the top one hundred innovations of 2012, according to R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 Awards are given annually to the top 100 most ...

Increasing the Speed of Deep Space Communications

Dr. Daniel Raible and Dr. Aaron Swank at work on iROC test bed.

Back in the early history of transatlantic shipping, sea captains used sextants to point to the stars in order to navigate earthly destinations. Today, scientists at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are developing advanced technologies using the same celestial navigation concepts, but this time to find ...

NASA Tests Radio for Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The prototype radio, built under a cooperative agreement between NASA and Rockwell Collins, sits in its test rack in the rear section of the S-3 Viking. Credit: NASA/Jim Griner

NASA's communications experts have begun flight testing a prototype radio as part of the agency's contributions toward fully integrating civil and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This particular radio is one of the first steps to provide the ...

Space Station Communications Test Bed Checks Out; Experiments Begin

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station. The SCaN test bed is an advanced, integrated communications laboratory facility that uses a new generation of software-defined radio (SDR) ...

NASA Glenn Inducted into Space Technology Hall of Fame

Romanofsky, Lambert

NASA Glenn and members of the Inflatable Satellite Communication System team—NASA’s Antenna and Optical Systems Branch members Dr. Robert Romanofsky and Kevin Lambert (Vantage Partners) and GATR Technologies’ Paul Gierow and William Clayton—was inducted into the 2013 Space Foundation’s Space ...

NASA Offers Opportunity to Use Communications Testbed on Space Station

SCaN Testbed installed on the International Space Station. (NASA)

Want to be a part of International Space Station research? Here's your chance. NASA is offering opportunities for academia, industry and government agencies to develop and carry out research and technology demonstrations on the space station using the newly installed Space Communications and ...

Breaking Down Barriers for Unmanned Flight

Modified Predator B UAV

Glenn scientists are addressing one specific and critical area of UAV operation—communications. "Unmanned aircraft (UAV) still need a human in communication with the aircraft and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)," says James Griner, project engineer (Networks & Architectures Branch). ...

Glenn’s SCaN Testbed Launches from Japan, Employees Gather to Celebrate

Guests gather for viewing of SCaN launch

On July 20 at 10:06 p.m. EDT, the Glenn-designed and bui lt Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed successfully launched to the International Space Station onboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency “Kounotori 3” H-II Transfer Vehicle, from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern ...

Glenn, FAA Conduct Tests to Advance Secured Wireless Data Communications

A surveillance site equipped with an AeroMACS subscriber station and associated test equipment in the NASA-CLE CNS Testbed.

Under a fully reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA Glenn and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed aircraft-based testing of a new class of broadband secure wireless mobile data communications established for reliable high-data-rate networking for air traffic controllers, ...

NASA Glenn Garners Recognition for its Technologies in Three Different Venues

Innovative technologies with significant commercial potential that were developed by researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland were recently recognized with awards from three different organizations. The most recent was awarded by the Federal Laboratory Consortium at its National ...