Accession Number:

ADA503333

Title:

Enhancing the Art of Space Operations - Progress in JHU/APL Ultra-Stable Oscillator Capabilities

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB

Report Date:

2008-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory JHUAPL Ultra-stable Oscillator USO has been demonstrated in nearly 50 years of space applications to be a strategic asset to the space timekeeping and signal technologies of the United States. Therefore, advancing the JHUAPL USO capability by improving its frequency stability, without diminishing reliability, is uniquely valuable to the operations of space communication and navigation systems. Ultimately, we expect that the call for expanded mission requirements involving the real-time coordination of mission assets will become commonplace in distributed space sensor systems and robotic planetary exploration. As these missions mature, the requirements for high bandwidth communication and precise navigation will call for better time and frequency control infrastructure with exceptional reliability.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE