Avionics and Communication Break Out Session “Discussion Starters” Jason A. Soloff Laura Hood NASA/JSC
Near-Term Objectives for Communications and Avionics <ul><li>Finish construction of ISS using Space Shuttle </li></ul><ul>...
Next Steps in Human Exploration <ul><li>Develop Constellation lunar vehicles (Orion, LSAM, EVA, surface systems) to enable...
Engineering Key Technology Interests <ul><li>Communication / Avionics systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signal processing / DS...
Signal Processing / DSP <ul><li>Software Defined Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DSP / GPP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct s...
Miniaturized Antennas <ul><li>Drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>HF & UHF likely for surface exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tra...
Antenna Design/Development E-Textiles / Fabric Antennas RF/Antenna design, materials fabrication & processing
Antenna Design/Development Wireless Video System (WVS) Helmet Antenna Direct application of technologies to mission needs
Computational Electromagnetics <ul><li>RF propagation and field strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EMI, RF exposure, spectrum...
Possible Topics for Discussion <ul><li>What areas of research are happening at your University that could be fruitful for ...
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  1. 1. Avionics and Communication Break Out Session “Discussion Starters” Jason A. Soloff Laura Hood NASA/JSC
  2. 2. Near-Term Objectives for Communications and Avionics <ul><li>Finish construction of ISS using Space Shuttle </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Orion & Ares I vehicles to provide crew / cargo to ISS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Next Steps in Human Exploration <ul><li>Develop Constellation lunar vehicles (Orion, LSAM, EVA, surface systems) to enable sustained human lunar exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Return to the moon through robotics and human presence </li></ul>
  4. 4. Engineering Key Technology Interests <ul><li>Communication / Avionics systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signal processing / DSP techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptive / reconfigurable hardware (software defined radio) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Error correction coding / bandwidth efficient modulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment adaptive / disruption tolerant networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconfigurable / adaptive processing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Antenna / RF Technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miniaturized antenna structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-textile technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless sensors and RFID antennas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UWB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Antennas (active phased arrays / beam formers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced GPS Antenna systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stabilized photonics for large antenna arrays </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analytical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computational electromagnetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automated design of RF structures (genetic algorithms, particle swarm algorithms) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Signal Processing / DSP <ul><li>Software Defined Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DSP / GPP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct sampled / Direct synthesized RF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waveform interoperability / advanced modulation techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antenna beamforming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptive network protocols & FEC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reconfigurable Avionics platforms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FPGA / Reconfigurable processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modular avionics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test / Validation testbeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid prototyping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconfigurable waveforms, protocols </li></ul></ul>Good collaboration opportunity
  6. 6. Miniaturized Antennas <ul><li>Drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>HF & UHF likely for surface exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally these are large antenna structures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low mass & volume highly desired for robotics and mobile systems (eg. AERCam) </li></ul><ul><li>Printed electronics, organic transistors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging technologies may offer new approaches to miniaturized active antenna structures </li></ul></ul>2-layer mini-PIFA w/ modified feed (fab. by PCB vendor) Manually soldered Tchebyscheff filter Wireless Ethernet (802.11b/g) 2.40-2.48 GHz Miniaturized Antennas for Mini AERCam RF/Antenna design, MEMS, small-scale manufacturing
  7. 7. Antenna Design/Development E-Textiles / Fabric Antennas RF/Antenna design, materials fabrication & processing
  8. 8. Antenna Design/Development Wireless Video System (WVS) Helmet Antenna Direct application of technologies to mission needs
  9. 9. Computational Electromagnetics <ul><li>RF propagation and field strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EMI, RF exposure, spectrum management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Antenna pattern and performance modeling and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>RF / high frequency structure modeling and simulation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>uWave & MEMS </li></ul></ul>Physics, EM theory, advanced computer science and computation
  10. 10. Possible Topics for Discussion <ul><li>What areas of research are happening at your University that could be fruitful for collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>How can NASA and Universities work to engage students and young researchers in technologies with application to space exploration? </li></ul><ul><li>What collaborations have worked well before? Why? </li></ul>

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