Robotics Stories

Mobile Mission Control Station for Satellite and UAV Field Operations

RSL has rolled out its mobile command and control station. This is a 28 ft trailer (pulled by a diesel pickup truck) that houses a set of control workstations, racks of communications equipment, and a number of radio antenna, including a 2.4 meter deployable parabolic dish for communicating with NASA spacecraft.  Funded by an internal SCU grant and "wrapped" with a space-themed design, the station was featured at the NASA Ames 75 year anniversary Open House (which had more than 120,000 people) as well as at SCU's own Grand Reunion Weekend.  Fully operational, the Mobile Mission Control Lab supports NASA small satellite launches—RSL has been controlling NASA satellites for more than a decade.

Engineering, Robotics