The focus of this program is to pioneer the identification, development, verification, transfer, application, and commercialization of high-payoff aeronautics and space transportation technologies.
NASA requires access to the radio spectrum in order to conduct test and development phases of new technology endeavors in aeronautics and space transportation. In many cases, new technological design test-rigs and/or prototypes undergo their various test and validation phases using conventional spectrum allocations for mobile or point-to-point operations.
For links between in-flight aerospace vehicles and ground systems, NASA requires access to aeronautical telemetry frequency allocations. Currently the radio frequency spectrum is used to provide real time data information from test vehicles to the ground, real time video of cockpit or project information, and real time command and control of the vehicle, including flight termination. Telemetry is used for the real time monitoring of flight research/test parameters that are necessary in order to minimize the risk to the pilot and aircraft during the performance of maneuvers intended to push the flight envelope of flight test vehicles.