The Space Communications Office (SCO) at NASA has two primary roles. The first is to manage two of the communications networks that enable spaceflight operations and research, and the second is to integrate agency-wide telecommunications issues. In 2005, NASA asked the NRC to review the effectiveness of the SCO in carrying out its responsibilities by assessing the overall quality of the space communications program. This report presents a review of each of the program elements within the SCO-the space network, NASA's integrated space network (NISN), spectrum management, standards management, search and rescue, communications and navigation architecture, technology, and operations integration. The review focuses on formulation of plans for each element, plan development methodology, connections with the broader community, and overall capabilities. Recommendations for improving SCO operations and organization are provided.NASA headquarters and various field centers play key roles by ensuring that NASA has access to EM spectrum and that it complies with ... The international program executive directs activities related to the electromagnetic spectrum that involve entities external to the ... The national program executive also ensures that the spectrum operational plan, 5-year plan, and long-range plan are updated andanbsp;...
|Title||:||Review of the Space Communications Program of NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate|
|Author||:||Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Committee to Review NASA's Space Communications Program, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2007-01-16|