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Navigation Architecture for a Space Mobile NetworkThe Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Augmentation Service for Satellites (TASS) is a proposed beacon service to provide a global, space based GPS augmentation service based on the NASA Global Differential GPS (GDGPS) System. The TASS signal will be tied to the GPS time system and usable as an additional ranging and Doppler radiometric source. Additionally, it will provide data vital to autonomous navigation in the near Earth regime, including space weather information, TDRS ephemerides, Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP), and forward commanding capability. TASS benefits include enhancing situational awareness, enabling increased autonomy, and providing near real-time command access for user platforms. As NASA Headquarters' Space Communication and Navigation Office (SCaN) begins to move away from a centralized network architecture and towards a Space Mobile Network (SMN) that allows for user initiated services, autonomous navigation will be a key part of such a system. This paper explores how a TASS beacon service enables the Space Mobile Networking paradigm, what a typical user platform would require, and provides an in-depth analysis of several navigation scenarios and operations concepts. This paper provides an overview of the TASS beacon and its role within the SMN and user community. Supporting navigation analysis is presented for two user mission scenarios: an Earth observing spacecraft in low earth orbit (LEO), and a highly elliptical spacecraft in a lunar resonance orbit. These diverse flight scenarios indicate the breadth of applicability of the TASS beacon for upcoming users within the current network architecture and in the SMN.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Valdez, Jennifer E.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Ashman, Benjamin
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Gramling, Cheryl
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Heckler, Gregory W.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Carpenter, Russell
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
February 9, 2016
Publication Date
February 5, 2016
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
American Astronautical Society Guidance and Control Conference(Breckenridge, CO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Data Relay
Satellite System

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