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17 Space Communications, Spacecraft          Communications, Command and Tracking

Includes space systems telemetry; space communications networks; astronavigation and guidance; and spacecraft radio blackout. For related information see also 04 Aircraft Communications and Navigation; and 32 Communications and Radar.

Definition

Space Communications – The act of, or methods for, conveying information to, from, or through outer space. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Spacecraft Communications – The act of, or methods for, conveying information to or from manned or unmanned spacecraft. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Spacecraft Command – All operations associated with the uplinking of instructions to a spacecraft in order to maintain or adjust the operational status of the spacecraft and its subsystems. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Spacecraft Tracking – The process of following the movements of a spacecraft or space platform by radar, optical, or other means. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : All techniques, research, development, and application of methods, systems, and equipment intended for the transmittal of data to, or from, launch vehicles, space vehicles, communications and scientific satellites, and lunar and planetary bases; ground and space based tracking and data acquisition stations and systems; launch vehicle and space vehicle navigation and guidance.

Selective Interest : Communication and navigation techniques and theory of potential interest to space flight.

Negative Interest : Telephone, teletype, radio, radar, and microwave equipment and technology not having aerospace communication, command, or tracking applications.

 

Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • astronavigation
  • automatic picture transmission (APT)
  • celestial navigation (spacecraft)
  • collision avoidance (spacecraft)
  • command and control of spacecraft
  • communications blackouts (reentry)
  • communications networks (space)
  • communications systems (space)
  • Deep Space Network
  • digital communications systems (spacecraft)
  • global positioning systems (spacecraft)
  • ground based data acquisition stations
  • ground based data acquisition systems
  • ground based tracking stations
  • ground based tracking systems
  • guidance system design (spacecraft)
  • inertial navigation systems (spacecraft)
  • inertial sensors and measurement units (spacecraft)
  • laser communications systems (spacecraft)
  • laser tracking systems (spacecraft)
  • launch vehicle navigation
  • man-machine communications (spacecraft)
  • manned space flight network
  • microwave communications systems (spacecraft)
  • microwave receivers (spacecraft)
  • microwave transmitters (spacecraft)
  • navigation computer systems (spacecraft)
  • navigation display devices (spacecraft)
  • navigation system design (spacecraft)
  • navigation systems (spacecraft)
  • optical communication (space)
  • orbital maneuvers (control)
  • radar communications systems (spacecraft)
  • radar detection (spacecraft navigation)
  • radar imagery (spacecraft navigation)
  • radar tracking systems (spacecraft)
  • radio blackout (loss of communications)
  • radio communications systems (spacecraft)
  • range and angle measurement (spacecraft)
  • rendezvous guidance
  • search and rescue operations (communications)
  • Shuttle Imaging radar (theory and techniques)
  • space based data acquisition stations
  • space based data acquisition systems
  • space communications
  • space communications networks
  • space flight communication techniques and theory
  • space flight navigation techniques and theory
  • space navigation
  • Space Tracking and Data Acquisition Network (STADAN)
  • spacecraft command
  • spacecraft communications
  • spacecraft control (communications)
  • spacecraft navigation
  • spacecraft tracking
  • speech analysis (spacecraft voice communications)
  • speech compression (spacecraft voice communications)
  • station keeping
  • target-signature modeling (spacecraft)
  • telemetry (spacecraft applications)
  • tracking and communications installations (spacecraft)
  • tracking networks
  • tracking stations
  • voice communications systems (spacecraft)
  • wave propagation (spacecraft communications effect)