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February 1, 1990

NASA SELECTS EIGHT RESEARCH SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS PROPOSALS

NASA has selected eight research proposals to help maintain U.S. preeminence in satellite communications. Still under contract negotiations, the proposals will result in contract awards by April 1990. The proposals were submitted under the Satellite Communications Applications Research Program (SCAR), which has an annual budget of $2 million. SCAR was established to support promising satellite-based communications technology systems. The program will aid applied research, innovative services and, ultimately, accelerate transferal of the results of this research to the user community. The program's goal is to define and develop space communications technology that can be used by the industry to open up new communications services. These proposals were selected for their potential for improvements in technology, materials, processes, methods, devices, or techniques, as well as to advance the state-of-the-art of satellite communications. Selected by an extensive peer review process, the eight proposals were chosen from a total of 85 submitted in response to a NASA research announcement (NRA-89-OSSA-14). The selected

proposals and their submitting organizations follow: o "1 Watt CW 2-D Steerable Coherent Monolithic Semiconductor Master Oscillator Power Amplifier," Spectra Diode Laboratories, Inc., San Jose, Calif.; o "Efficient, High Power, Solid State Amplifier for EHF Communications," Rockwell International, Anaheim, Calif.; o "Superconducting MMW Phased Array," Ball Aerospace Systems Group, Broomfield, Colo.; - more -2-

o "Commercialization of Optic Intersatellite Links," COMSAT Laboratories, Clarksburg, Md.; o "On-Board B-ISDN Fast Packet Switching Architectures," COMSAT Laboratories, Clarksburg, Md.; o "Advanced Satellite Designs and Experiments for ISDN Service," Contel Federal Systems, Chantilly, Va.; National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunications Science of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Boulder, Colo.; and the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, Boulder; o "Flexible-Rate HDTV Codec," COMSAT Laboratories, Clarksburg, Md.; o "Neural Network-based Decoders of Convolutionally Encoded Data for Satellite Communication," University of California, San Diego.

SCAR intends to help maintain U.S. technological and economic preeminence in satellite communications by enabling new and innovative services for private and public sector needs. This program is managed by the Communications and Information Systems Division of the Office of Space Science and Applications, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. - end -

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