Work that NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center did to create an inexpensive spacecraft with off-the-shelf parts has helped one company facilitate better and cheaper satellite communications.
NASA's Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, also know as FASTSAT, was built to demonstrate researchers’ capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than previously possible. In 2012, the satellite wrapped up a successful two-year, on-orbit demonstration mission.
Part of building the satellite meant developing a low-cost telemetry unit, which is used to facilitate communications between the satellite and its receiving station.
Alabama-based Orbital Telemetry Inc. licensed the NASA technology and is offering to install the cost-cutting units on other commercial satellites.