HOW THE 1980’s LOOK FOR GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER’S SPACEFLIGHT TRACKING & DATA NETWORK
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AbstractThe Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network (STDN), operated by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, finds itself adapting to internal and external changes. Among these changes, now familiar to all of us, are higher data rates, shrinking budgets, and to some extent this nation’s relations with foreign governments. This paper strobes the STDN in a period of rapid evolution. This evolution embraces automation, consolidation, and the development of a space borne data relay network to replace terrestial stations. The STDN is only one of several worldwide data and communications networks. Perhaps others will tread similar paths.
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