Through Innovative Solutions
The Artemis 2 mission, a NASA initiative to transport astronauts to the moon and beyond, posed unique communication and integration challenges, including the need for seamless technical coordination among multiple stakeholders across Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin, and MIT.
To address these challenges, MTI Systems leveraged its expertise and cultivated strong relationships with key decision-makers and technical experts to enable identification and resolution of complex technical issues, such as data drop-offs during file transfers. MTI advanced the Laser Communications payload, a cutting-edge system designed to transmit data up to 80 times faster than the primary communication link. MTI served as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the CCSDS File Delivery Protocol (CFDP) and Core Flight System (CFS) Flight Software (FSW) technology used on the Orion spacecraft. MTI's experience with CFS and CFDP played a crucial role in debugging and isolating integration issues, while the development of innovative software tools streamlined development and testing.
MTI Systems, in partnership with Google Loon, embarked on a groundbreaking project to harness the potential of Software Defined Networking (SDN) for satellite communications. SDN, a well-established concept in terrestrial networks, promised to bring centralized intelligence to the complex world of satellite mesh networks.
The key challenge was adapting SDN techniques to the unique demands of satellite communications, where satellites are in constant motion and stringent size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints apply. Building on their prior experience with Google Loon, MTI Systems compressed the SDN control algorithm and integrated it directly onto satellite on-board processors. This innovation enabled precise control of satellite equipment, redundancy across satellite constellations, and reduced control latency.
The result was a comprehensive SDN solution managing all facets of advanced satellite mesh networks, enhancing global throughput, minimizing interference, and paving the way for next-generation safety-critical satellite communications
MTi Systems collaborated with NASA Goddard Space Center on the revolutionary On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1) mission, aiming to robotically refuel the Landsat 7 satellite and introduce pioneering in-space assembly and manufacturing techniques. Beyond this refueling demonstration, the mission also aimed to showcase groundbreaking in-space assembly and manufacturing capabilities. MTi Systems supported the mission with the infrastructure for the mission control center and development lab. The success of OSAM-1 could herald a new era of sustainable space exploration, allowing for longer satellite lifespans and advanced infrastructure development in space.
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is an industry collaboration that unites diverse members from the telecom world to develop innovative, open, and interoperable network solutions. Launched with the support of major industry players, TIP aims to make network deployments more efficient and cost-effective. MTi Systems has been actively involved in this transformative initiative, contributing to its goals and projects.