Satellite Ground Systems
Connecting Satellites and Spacecraft to Earth
General Dynamics has been a leading provider of satellite ground system solutions for more than 30 years. We build and upgrade ground-based communications and mission management systems that are responsible for receiving and routing communications and flight instructions from Earth to satellites and spacecraft. We also provide a full spectrum of satellite ground communications products including antennas, telescopes, controls, amplifiers, converters and feeds. Through our combined capabilities we are able to provide a complete, end-to-end solution to meet your ground system needs.
The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) helps to provide voice and data communication to U.S. Forces anytime, anywhere. With a worldwide reach, MUOS provides cell phone-like service to support warfighters on patrol in hostile environments, allowing them to communicate directly with each other and their commanders regardless of location. We work side-by-side with the Navy to receive and route calls from soldiers located in the harshest, most isolated environments.
Our team is the prime contractor for NASA’s Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project that is modernizing the space agency’s ground infrastructure systems for their Space Network, and provides for continuous technology insertion and system upgrades for the next 25 years. The mission of SGSS is to implement a flexible and extensible ground segment that will allow the Space Network (SN) to maintain the high level of service in the future, accommodate new users and capabilities, while reducing the effort and cost required to operate and maintain the system.
Our team is designing and constructing the ground structures for the U.S. Air Force's Space Fence program, which will expand the range of current radars used to track space junk while protecting astronauts and satellites from dangerous collisions. The new advanced ground-based radar system will enhance the way the U.S. detects and tracks orbiting objects in space, preventing space-based collisions.
Our team has supported the Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) program for 30+ years through our work in helping NASA operate, upgrade and maintain the ground system terminals. TDRSS is NASA’s network of specialized communications satellites that orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.
Built and upgraded by General Dynamics, this international collection of antennas enable the Deep Space Network to communicate with existing flight missions such as the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spitzer Space telescope, as well as support future NASA space missions. NASA's Deep Space Network supports spacecraft missions, as well as radar and radio observatories that explore the solar system and universe.