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Conceptual design of a synchronous Mars telecommunications satelliteFuture missions to Mars will require a communications system to link activities on the Martian surface with each other and with mission controllers on Earth. A conceptual design is presented for an aerosynchronous communications satellite to provide these links. The satellite provides the capability for voice, data/command, and video transmissions. The mission scenario assumed for the design is described, and a description of a single aerosynchronous satellite is explained. A viable spacecraft design is then presented. Communication band selection and channel allocation are discussed. The communications system conceptual design is presented along with the trades used in sizing each of the required antennas. Also, the analyses used to develop the supporting subsystem designs are described as is the communications impact on each subsystem design.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Badi, Deborah M.
(Bionetics Corp. Hampton, VA., United States)
Farmer, Jeffrey T.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Garn, Paul A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Martin, Gary L.
(George Washington Univ. Hampton, VA., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1989
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.60:2942
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 326-23-30-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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