"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Author and telecommunications visionary, ARTHUR C. CLARKE.
The three LFA 2 broadcasts from Palmer Station would be impossible without ACTS, NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite System. ACTS provides for the development and flight test of high-risk, advanced communications satellite technology. Using advanced antenna beams and on-board switching and processing systems, ACTS is pioneering new initiatives in communications satellite technology.
NASA Lewis Research Center is responsible for the development, management, and operation of ACTS. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages development and operations of the ACTS Mobile Terminal (AMT) element of the program and, jointly, with Lewis directs the Propagation element. Overall ACTS program management resides in NASA Headquarters, Office of Space Access and Technology.
ACTS provides communications satellite technology for:
The ACTS link is "full duplex", meaning scientists at the Palmer communications "hub" will be able to see students in America while students are interacting with the researchers, as if students were on an actual field trip.
LFA 2 thanks NASA and the ACTS teams at Lewis and JPL: these will be the most extreme weather conditions under which the satellite has even been tested!
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