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Title: In-flight testing of onboard UHF equipment
Authors: Sue, M.
Hansen, D.
Peng, T.
Issue Date: 8-Oct-2002
Citation: The 22nd Space Frequency Coordination Group Meeting
Monte Porzio, Italy
Abstract: This paper proposes a plan to allow future flight projects to accomplish in-flight testing of on-board UHF equipment which the spacecraft carries for local relay link use at planet Mars only. This plan relies on onboard self-testing to verify receiver functional capabilities at various data rates, and on RF testing with narrow band CW signals transmitted at selected frequencies from an Earth station, non-interfering to existing UHF users, to verify the RF performance of antenna and microwave equipment. The Mars mission planners at JPL have accepted this concept as reasonable. The plan will be practical to implement with a frequency agile local link transceiver, like the next generation UHF transceiver being developed at JPL. The user can test it at one frequency and operate it at a different frequency within the operating range. Possible frequencies for uplink testing are identified. Further effort is needed to select specific test frequencies that will be agreeable to the users to which these bands are allocated.
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