Solving the most complex communications problems in aerospace.

What We Do

Relative Dynamics has an extensive background and past performance in designing state of the art optical and RF communications systems. We develop precise solutions to line-of-sight problems for satellite communications systems. With in-depth experience with link-margin analysis, spectrum analysis, spectrum allocations analysis, communication trade studies, modulation analysis, our team has gained industry recognition subject matter experts. We have provided services to challenging commercial and scientific missions while serving our countries most ambitious programs including the Artemis, Lunar Gateway, Human Space Flight & International Space Station.  

Relative Dynamics has a unique and experienced group of engineers who are performing ground breaking research with laser communications systems. With a creative design approach of the entire system, our engineers are making laser communications systems affordable while meeting the industry SWaP requirements.    

Our Recent Projects

Click on each project below to learn more about what we did to drive it to success.

NASA - International Space Station RF

NASA - Artemis/Gateway


NASA - International Space Station RF

The International Space Station (ISS) has been a longstanding symbol for global collaboration on space exploration and research.  The international cooperation and technological challenges of coordinating the varied activities and visiting vehicles are ever-evolving.  To say the least, the ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.  

Relative Dynamics plays a large role in this program by leading all communication analysis for all visiting vehicles.  Additionally, we have provided spectrum management which allows for seamless access to the radio frequency spectrum used in communications.

NASA - Artemis/Gateway

NASA is on a mission to return astronauts to the moon in the next four years.  NASA's Artemis program aims to shine a light on new discoveries about the Moon, Earth and our origins in the solar system.  Specifically, the Gateway plays a large role in NASA's deep space exploration plans.  The Gateway is a spaceship that will orbit the Moon, allowing for easier transport of astronauts to and from Earth.  It will be the foundation for the long-term Artemis architecture.

Relative Dynamics is providing communication analysis for the lunar mission along with spectrum management which allows for seamless access to the radio frequency spectrum used in communications.

Space Communications Optical Universal Terminal (SCOUT)

Relative Dynamics is developing the Space Communications Optical Universal Terminal (SCOUT).  SCOUT is an affordable and competitive communications payload with significant user operability.  

The goal for SCOUT is to provide communication technology for a wide range of missions where there are limitations on size, weight, power and cost.  These include satellite-to-satellite, satellite-to-Earth, planetary lander-to-Earth, and planetary lander/orbiter communications.

We have achieved a low-cost, injection-molded high-volume opto-mechanical structure that is also highly robust against thermal deformation, boasting one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios.  Our Precision Pointing technology brings to market a new class of high-performance, ultra high-vacuum compatible motors.

Want to learn more about the leader behind this project?  You can read more about Dr. Michael Krainak's background here.

Employee Spotlights

  • How would you describe the culture at Relative Dynamics?

    The team I support is very diverse with people from different backgrounds and skill sets. With support from Relative Dynamics, I have been able to quickly adapt to this environment.

    John Boster (read more)

    ISS Communications

  • What are some of the things you look forward to most in your job?

    In my role in spectrum management, I am never bored. There is never a dull moment and yet I am able to use engineering principles to arrive at solutions. The International Space Station (ISS) always intrigues me and one of my tasks is to protect it from radio frequency interference.

    Adekunle Adegorusi (Read More)

    ISS Communications

  • Why did you choose to work at Relative Dynamics?

    Relative Dynamics is a great company that does a lot of important and interesting work. They were very accommodating and worked with me while I finished my undergraduate courses and made the transition into the workforce, full-time.

    Ryan Diaz (Read More)

    RF Engineer

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