NASA Spinoff Database: Wireless Communications

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1991
Reference Number: JSC-SO-191
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: Developed for Use on The Shuttle Flight

A technology utilization project led to the commercial adaptation of a Space Shuttle Orbiter wireless infrared voice communications system. The technology was adapted to a LAN system by Wilton Industries, one of the participants. Because the system is cable-free, installation charges are saved, and it can be used where cable is impractical. Resultant products include the IRplex 6000. Transceivers can be located anywhere and can include mobile receivers. The system provides wireless LAN coverage up to 44,000 square feet. Applications include stock exchange communications, trade shows, emergency communications, etc.

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Page Number in Published book: 126-127

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