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A New Generation of Telecommunications for Mars: The Reconfigurable Software RadioTelecommunications is a critical component for any mission at Mars as it is an enabling function that provides connectivity back to Earth and provides a means for conducting science. New developments in telecommunications, specifically in software - configurable radios, expand the possible approaches for science missions at Mars. These radios provide a flexible and re-configurable platform that can evolve with the mission and that provide an integrated approach to communications and science data processing. Deep space telecommunication faces challenges not normally faced by terrestrial and near-earth communications. Radiation, thermal, highly constrained mass, volume, packaging and reliability all are significant issues. Additionally, once the spacecraft leaves earth, there is no way to go out and upgrade or replace radio components. The reconfigurable software radio is an effort to provide not only a product that is immediately usable in the harsh space environment but also to develop a radio that will stay current as the years pass and technologies evolve.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
Adams, J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Horne, W.
(ITT Industries, Inc. Reston, VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration
Issue: Part 1
Subject Category
Communications And Radar
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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