In the digital age, connectivity and bandwidth are important, even if you are in low earth orbit (LEO). And when you do research and experiments that could help you pave the way for future missions to the moon, to Mars and other deep space destinations, this is especially important.
This is why NASA has recently upgraded its ISS connection, effectively doubling the speed at which it can send and receive data.
Whether it is for missions in LEO or all the way in the external solar system, fast and efficient communications are absolutely essential to ensure that mission critical data is received at control centers and scientists back to The Earth.
With its new ISS connection, it already has 600 megabits per second (Mbps) connection, doubling the amount of data the station can transmit
These upgrades will also help pave the way for similar enhancements to be made to the proposed by NASA Lunar Gateway Platform (also known as the Lunar Gateway). As George More, acting director of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center:
"NASA communications networks play a major role in every NASA mission, allowing data to be obtained from space, space, and terrestrial science missions research and technological demonstrations. Earth for the benefit of mankind. This increase in the speed capability of transmitting data to the International Space Station underscores our commitment to providing high-quality operational services for NASA's research missions today and into the future. "
Since launching operations in 2000, the ISS has provided astronauts and scientists with a unique environment for conducting research that would not otherwise be possible on Earth. This study looks at the effects of a long space flight on the human body. and other organisms and allows microgravity technology to be tested.
These experiments and demonstrations of technology rely on high data rates between the station and Earth explorers. With the recent upgrade, the station will be able to
As Risha George, a leading space network upgrade project, explained: [1
The data is transmitted between the ISS and Earth using a series of terrestrial antennas called the Space Network and the Tracking and Relay Satellite System (TDRS).
These satellites are placed in high orbit over various strategic places to be able to retransmit data to the earth, which is then sent to various NASA centers using fixed landlines where it is interpreted. The whole process has a delay of less than a second.
data transmission, some components these global communications systems have also been upgraded to include a new digital terrestrial architecture for the space network and chain upgrades and bandwidth in terrestrial data lines between different components based on Earth.
Upgrades and modems were made, based on ISS software, advanced data processing processors have been installed at various NASA centers, as well as new ground station software and hardware. The technicians then performed extensive tests to ensure that the upgrades were working properly. Meanwhile, the network was still providing real-time support to more than 40 missions
According to Penny Roberts, the space station modernization project was made possible through cooperation with the administration.
"Partnerships like these are critical to our continued success as an agency," she said. "Our ongoing partnership will take us up to 600 Mbps and who knows where else we will go together."
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