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Flight Microwave & Telecommunication Systems Branch (Code 567)


The Flight Microwave and Telecommunication Systems Branch is responsible for the conception, analysis, design, development, test, and operation of state-of-the-art and advanced radio frequency (RF), microwave, millimeter wave, and optical communication components, and systems.  The Branch maintains core communications and networks engineering disciplines and facilities for the design and analysis as well as the demonstration and test of RF, microwave, and optical communication systems.

In addition, the Branch maintains technical expertise and key facilities, respectively, for the development and test of microwave sensing instruments.

The Branch provides expert leadership in the development, validation, and infusion of advanced technologies and standards for near-earth, lunar, and planetary space communications.  The Branch provides expertise in both space and ground networks engineering and works closely with flight projects and mission services to develop space-to-space and space-to-ground mission operations communications.

Flight and technology development efforts in the Branch cover a wide range of components (antennas, low noise receivers, radiometers, high-speed communications electronics, solid state power amplifiers, etc.).  The Branch performs hands-on engineering with industry, academia, and national labs to develop next generation components (transponder, transceivers, optical terminals, etc.); and to develop and demonstrate space communication technologies for unique mission requirements (multimission constellations, high data rate optical communications, etc.).

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Figure 1: The Goddard Electromagnetic Anechoic Chamber (GEMAC)



Branch Management Team

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Shannon Rodriguez

Wei-Chung "Mae" Huang
Associate Head
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