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Investigation into New Ground Based Communications Service Offerings in Response to SmallSat TrendsThe number of NASA sponsored Small Satellite (SmallSat) missions is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the next decade and beyond. There is a growing trend towards more ambitious SmallSat missions, including formation flying (Constellation, Cluster, Trailing) SmallSats and SmallSats destined for lunar orbit and beyond. This paper will present an overview of new service offerings the NASA Near Earth Network (NEN) is currently investigating and demonstrating. It will describe the benefits that new service offerings such as Multiple Spacecraft Per Aperture (MSPA), Ground-based Phased Array (GBPA) antennas, Ground-based Aperture Arrays, and Ground-based Antenna Arraying could provide to individual or formation flying SmallSats anywhere from low-earth orbit to the Sun-Earth Lagrange point orbits. It will also present potential implementation options for future demonstrations at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) as well as goals and objectives of such demonstrations.
Document ID
20180005636
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Schaire, Scott H.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Altunc, Serhat
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Wong, Yen Fun
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kegege, Obadiah O.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Bussey, George D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Murbach, Marcus
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Garon, Howard
(Arctic Slope Regional Corp. (ASRC) Federal Beltsville, MD, United States)
Dasgupta, Yudhajeet
(ATLAS Space Operations Traverse City, MI, United States)
Gaines, Steve
(ATLAS Space Operations Traverse City, MI, United States)
McCarty, Edward
(ATLAS Space Operations Traverse City, MI, United States)
McDaniel, Sean
(ATLAS Space Operations Traverse City, MI, United States)
Faler, Wesley
(Miles Space Tampa, FL, United States)
Celeste, peter
(Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc. Annapolis Junction, MD, United States)
Perrotto, Trish
(Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc. Annapolis Junction, MD, United States)
Batchelor, Matt
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. Troy, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
September 26, 2018
Publication Date
August 4, 2018
Subject Category
Communications And Radar
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN56583
Meeting Information
AIAA Conference on Small Satellites(Logan, UT)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: 453
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Use by or on behalf of the US Gov. Permitted.

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