NASA explores the use of “cognitive radio” to expand signals to underutilized portions of the electromagnetic spectrum on an as-needed basis, freeing up spectrum for ground-to-space communications. The Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio is working on using artificial intelligence and machine learning to switch to open frequencies. A Space Communications and Navigation Testbed (SCaN) was attached to the International Space Station in 2013 and is currently being used to experiment with radio applications that autonomously adjust in response to interference or distortions from space weather.
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