Helping NASA Connect across Diverse SATCOM Systems April 02, 2021 SATCOM false Just as government decision makers demand resilience and redundancy in their communications networks here on Earth, NASA needs network reliability and flexibility while exploring space. To that end, Hughes supported NASA in a demonstration of intelligent, interoperable satellite communications networking from the Glenn Research Center in Ohio to the International Space Station (ISS) in low earth orbit. At the center of the demonstration was the Hughes Terminal Management Agent (TMA), a software feature that enables network switching across otherwise siloed SATCOM technologies. Hughes TMA Technology in Action A ground-breaking, flexible software capability, the Hughes TMA seamlessly connects various satellite modems, regardless of vendor. The TMA is based on the Flexible Modem Interface (FMI) developed as part of the U.S. Air Force and the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Pilot Project for which Hughes was contracted to deliver a prototype. Based on the success of the FMI, Hughes developed the TMA to be uploaded into a spacecraft already on orbit as a universal translator, able to understand the signals from many networks and speak in each network’s coded language. In the ISS test, a signal was sent from the Glenn Research Center’s Testbed Control Center and connected to the SCaN Testbed (STB) aboard the ISS. A software-defined radio within the STB was controlled dynamically by the TMA, enabling it to switch waveforms. During the test, the TMA changed the signal from one distinct service configuration – “Mode A,” representing a commercial service provider – to another – “Mode B,” representing a NASA service provider – and sent an acknowledgement to the ground. The process was then repeated to switch back to the original Mode A. Open-systems Technology Drives Interoperability During this collaboration with Hughes, NASA became one of many government customers helping to create a robust commercial marketplace for diverse services at competitive prices. With network interoperability, such as that enabled by the Hughes TMA, space users can roam seamlessly among commercial and military services and networks – a significant step forward in enabling the network resiliency and redundancy required by military users today. Categories See All Broadband (10) Government Solutions (10) Innovations (9) SATCOM (8) Airborne Connectivity (7) Network Management (7) SD-WAN (6) HeloSat (3) Security (3) Emergency Communications (2) Popular Blogs Contract Vehicles Help States Prioritize Broadband AccessJan 25, 2021 A Half Century Connecting the WorldJan 25, 2021 The Future of 5GJan 25, 2021 Proof of PerformanceJan 25, 2021 Next-generation Global Satellite System with Mega-constellationsJan 25, 2021 Related Posts See All Carving a Quicker Path to Dynamic Readiness for the Warfighter December 15, 2020 Military Leaders Share Concerns – and Hopes – for Future of SATCOM November 30, 2020 DoD Gets a Look at “Self-Healing” Capabilities for More Resilient SATCOM Connectivity on the Move September 15, 2020 Advanced Network Architecture Heralds SATCOM Interoperability August 27, 2019 Today’s Information-Driven Military Environment Requires DoD Keep Pace With Commercial Technology Advancements February 28, 2019 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.