Over a month ago, Japanís HTV3 cargo carrier launched atop a Japanese H-II rocket delivering an innovative software-defined radio experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). This new ISS facility, known as the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed, utilizes Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systemsí developed antenna pointing system. Initial reports indicate the system is operating as designed.
The NASA SCaN Program is responsible for providing communications and navigation services to space flight missions throughout the solar system. Using a new generation of Software Defined Radios, the SCaN Testbed, developed by the NASA Glenn Research Center, will perform a variety of communications, networking and navigation experiments in the realistic environment of space. These experiments will advance space communication technologies in support of future NASA missions and other U.S. space endeavors.
SNC supplied the integrated antenna pointing system, which incorporates the SNC open-loop, microstepping technology. This system has also successfully flown on Deep Impact, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Suomi NPP and several commercial remote sensing platforms. ďThis is another excellent example of a successful collaborative program between SNC and NASA,Ē said Matt Johnson, space technologies director of programs for SNCís Space Systems.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporationís Space Systems business area headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, has more than 25 years of space heritage in space and has participated in over 400 successful space missions through the delivery of over 4,000 systems, subsystems and components. During its history, SNC Space Systems has concluded over 70 programs for NASA and over 50 other clients. For more information about SS visit www.sncspace.com. For more information visit www.sncspace.com.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one of Americaís fastest growing private companies. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and Chairman and President Eren Ozmen, SNC employs over 2,100 people in 31 locations in 16 states. SNCís six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge technology solutions to SNCís customers. For more information visit www.sncorp.com.
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