Accession Number : ADA562222


Title :   SPECTRA. September 2011


Descriptive Note : Journal


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Parrish, Kathy ; Peachey, Claire


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA562222


Report Date : Sep 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : This issue of Spectra showcases the past, present, and future of the Naval Research Laboratory's space program. For more than six decades, NRL has been exploring space in fundamental scientific investigations and for military applications, as the timeline starting on page 6 details. It is one of a handful of laboratories with this legacy and with the wide range of capabilities needed for both basic and applied defense research in space. NRL is known as one of the most successful designers and builders of spacecraft in the United States and has been called on to develop many hundreds of space instruments and subsystems which is why it is designated the Navy's lead laboratory in space systems research. Building on the multidisciplinary nature of NRL's mission, the space program integrates the science and engineering expertise found all across the Lab to advance our knowledge of the space domain and hone our ability to understand and predict its impacts on critical Department of Defense operations. Communications, surveillance, precision navigation and timing, battlespace and maritime domain awareness, orbital tracking, space weather prediction these are just a few of the functions that NRL's space research contributes to in innovative and world-leading ways. As we depend more and more on space-based systems, NRL continues to explore the space environment, from Earth's atmosphere to the far reaches of the Universe, to expand our knowledge of this awe-inspiring realm.


Descriptors :   *SPACE SYSTEMS , NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES , SPACE SCIENCES , SPACECRAFT


Subject Categories : Astronautics
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE