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Future Mission Trends and their Implications for the Deep Space NetworkPlanning for the upgrade and/or replacement of Deep Space Network (DSN) assets that typically operate for forty or more years necessitates understanding potential customer needs as far into the future as possible. This paper describes the methodology Deep Space Network (DSN) planners use to develop this understanding, some key future mission trends that have emerged from application of this methodology, and the implications of the trends for the DSN's future evolution. For NASA's current plans out to 2030, these trends suggest the need to accommodate: three times as many communication links, downlink rates two orders of magnitude greater than today's, uplink rates some four orders of magnitude greater, and end-to-end link difficulties two-to-three orders of magnitude greater. To meet these challenges, both DSN capacity and capability will need to increase.
Document ID
20090017859
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Abraham, Douglas S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 19, 2006
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command and Tracking
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2006(San Jose, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
future mission needs
trends
demogrpahics
Deep Space Network (DNS)