NASA chooses General Dynamics C4 Systems to upgrade TDRSS satellite communications ground system and network

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 17 June 2010. Satellite communications experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington needed help to modernize the ground system and network for NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). They found their solution from General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz. General Dynamics will build and install a ground-system architecture that ensures the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite constellation continues to provide global space-to-ground telecommunications and tracking coverage for low-Earth orbit and near-Earth space flight missions under terms of a potential $642.2 million seven-year NASA contract, announced today.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 17 June 2010.Satellite communications experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington needed help to modernize the ground system and network for NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). They found their solution from General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz.

General Dynamics will build and install a ground-system architecture that ensures the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite constellation continues to provide global space-to-ground telecommunications and tracking coverage for low-Earth orbit and near-Earth space flight missions under terms of a potential $642.2 million seven-year NASA contract, announced today. Overseeing the project are officials of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

General Dynamics engineers will concentrate on integration, testing, and operational switch to upgrade the system without interrupting operations. TDRSS supports all NASA scientific and human space flight missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

Company engineers will upgrade TDRSS to expand capabilities for future space missions by accommodating larger quantities of data with expanded coverage at greater distances.

On the General Dynamics are Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla.; GMV Space Systems of Rockville, Md.; Rincon Research Corp. of Tucson, Ariz.; a.i. Solutions of Lanham, Md.; RT Logic of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Qwaltec of Tempe, Ariz.

For more information contact General Dynamics C4 Systems online at www.gdc4s.com.

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