NASA’s Laser Relay System Sends Pet Imagery to, from Space Station – NASA

NASA’s Laser Relay System Sends Pet Imagery to, from Space Station – NASA

Using NASA’s first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system, pictures and videos of cherished pets flew through space over laser communications links at a rate of 1.2 gigabits per second — faster than most home internet speeds. NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik, Christina Koch, and Kjell Lindgren, along with other agency employees, submitted photos and videos of … Read more

NASA’s Optical Comms Demo Transmits Data Over 140 Million Miles – NASA

NASA’s Optical Comms Demo Transmits Data Over 140 Million Miles – NASA

NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications experiment also interfaced with the Psyche spacecraft’s communication system for the first time, transmitting engineering data to Earth. Riding aboard NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, the agency’s Deep Space Optical Communications technology demonstration continues to break records. While the asteroid-bound spacecraft doesn’t rely on optical communications to send data, the new technology … Read more

NASA’s Near Space Network Enables PACE Climate Mission to ‘Phone Home’ – NASA

NASA’s Near Space Network Enables PACE Climate Mission to ‘Phone Home’ – NASA

The PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission has delivered its first operational data back to researchers, a feat made possible in part by innovative, data-storing technology from NASA’s Near Space Network, which introduced two key enhancements for PACE and other upcoming science missions. As a satellite orbits in space, its systems generate critical data … Read more

Introduction to Spectrum – NASA

Introduction to Spectrum – NASA

You can’t see it. . .you can’t touch it. . .you can’t live without it. Use these downloadable activity sheets to enhance your lesson plan at school or at home. Scroll down for the downloadable files. Have fun! Spectrum Infographic Infographic featuring factoids about the electromagnetic spectrum. NASA Spectrum Crossword Puzzle Crossword puzzle featuring terms … Read more

NASA’s Planetary Radar Images Slowly Spinning Asteroid – NASA

NASA’s Planetary Radar Images Slowly Spinning Asteroid – NASA

During the close approach of 2008 OS7 with Earth on Feb. 2, the agency’s Deep Space Network planetary radar gathered the first detailed images of the stadium-size asteroid. On Feb. 2, a large asteroid safely drifted past Earth at a distance of about 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers, or 7 ½ times the distance … Read more

NASA’s New Experimental Antenna Tracks Deep Space Laser – NASA

NASA’s New Experimental Antenna Tracks Deep Space Laser – NASA

Capable of receiving both radio frequency and optical signals, the DSN’s hybrid antenna has tracked and decoded the downlink laser from DSOC, aboard NASA’s Psyche mission. An experimental antenna has received both radio frequency and near-infrared laser signals from NASA’s Psyche spacecraft as it travels through deep space. This shows it’s possible for the giant … Read more

NASA Search and Rescue Technology Saves Explorers, Enables Exploration – NASA

NASA Search and Rescue Technology Saves Explorers, Enables Exploration – NASA

In 2023, NASA-developed search and rescue technologies aided first responders in locating and saving 350 lives in the United States. Now, NASA is incorporating that same technology in astronaut missions. NASA provides technical expertise to the international satellite-aided search and rescue effort known as Cospas-Sarsat. This technical expertise has enabled the development of multiple emergency … Read more

Wideband Technology – NASA

Wideband Technology – NASA

Overview As NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) constellation approaches retirement, partnerships with commercial industry will play a critical role in the development of future space communications and navigation architecture. Over the next decade, NASA missions will transition towards adopting commercial space-based relay services to fulfil their near-Earth communications needs. The Space Communications and … Read more

NASA has funded the development of new laser communications technology through small business Fibertek Inc. to help enable communications on Artemis II.

NASA has funded the development of new laser communications technology through small business Fibertek Inc. to help enable communications on Artemis II.

NASA is working with private industry partners and small businesses under Artemis to produce scalable, affordable, and advanced laser communications systems that could enable greater exploration and discovery beyond Earth for the benefit of all. Laser, or optical, communications provide missions with increased data rates – meaning that missions using laser technology can send and … Read more

NASA’s Deep Space Network Turns 60 and Prepares for the Future – NASA

NASA’s Deep Space Network Turns 60 and Prepares for the Future – NASA

The agency’s DSN provides critical communications and navigation services to dozens of space missions, and it’s being modernized to support dozens more. NASA’s Deep Space Network marks its 60th year on Dec. 24. In continuous operations since 1963, the DSN is what makes it possible for NASA to communicate with spacecraft at or beyond the … Read more