Mission Data Link Products & Power Amplifiers
Ensuring Communications From Space To Ground - Near Earth To Interstellar Space
General Dynamics has provided the critical communications link between Earth and space since the mid-1950s. In all, General Dynamics has produced over 400 space transponders including over 150 Deep Space, Near Earth and Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) transponders and transceivers for NASA missions. Examples include the Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, which carries two Deep Space Transponders that are still functioning, and the two first generation TDRSS user transponders flying on the Hubble Space Telescope that continue to operate trouble free after more than 19 years of service in space.
HRT150 Ku-Band High Rate Transmitter
General Dynamics' HRT150 Ku-Band Transmitter provides a solution for delivering large amounts of data from a spacecraft in one small package. Standard operation is TDRSS Ku-Band, with options available for X-Band and Ka-Band. The transmitter is compatible with NASA's TDRSS KuSAR high-rate return link receiving systems.
Mission Data Links
WE’RE NOT JUST CELEBRATING HISTORY, WE’RE STILL MAKING IT.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, an S-Band Transponder built by General Dynamics was the only communications link the Apollo 11 Astronauts had to Earth. From Apollo 11 to the Next Giant Leap, explore how we support NASA Missions.
Two General Dynamics Small Deep Space Transponders and a power amplifier will help NASA’s Perseverance Rover explore Mars. The transponders are the rover’s communications link to NASA, transmitting data and images over 100 million miles back to Earth.
Each year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recognizes their top performing employees and partners with their Agency Honor Awards. This year, two General Dynamics Mission Systems employees were awarded much deserved medals.
Over the course of more than 20 years of operating, maintaining and sustaining satellite communication systems, I have witnessed unnecessary challenges as sustainment was an afterthought and not factored in early on. Coupling sustainment with the enterprise operations and maintenance design is impe…