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Architecting Communication Network of Networks for Space System of SystemsThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) are planning Space System of Systems (SoS) to address the new challenges of space exploration, defense, communications, navigation, Earth observation, and science. In addition, these complex systems must provide interoperability, enhanced reliability, common interfaces, dynamic operations, and autonomy in system management. Both NASA and the DoD have chosen to meet the new demands with high data rate communication systems and space Internet technologies that bring Internet Protocols (IP), routers, servers, software, and interfaces to space networks to enable as much autonomous operation of those networks as possible. These technologies reduce the cost of operations and, with higher bandwidths, support the expected voice, video, and data needed to coordinate activities at each stage of an exploration mission. In this paper, we discuss, in a generic fashion, how the architectural approaches and processes are being developed and used for defining a hypothetical communication and navigation networks infrastructure to support lunar exploration. Examples are given of the products generated by the architecture development process.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bhasin, Kul B. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Hayden, Jeffrey L.
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 2, 2008
Subject Category
Communications and Radar
Meeting Information
3rd International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (IEEE)(California)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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