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Title: Changes in the Deep Space Network to support the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Authors: Berner, Jeff B.
Bhanji, Alaudin M.
Kurtik, Susan C.
Keywords: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
deep space telecommunication
Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK)
Issue Date: 19-Jun-2006
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006.
Citation: SpaceOps Earth, Moon, Mars, and Beyond, Rome, Italy, June 19-23, 2006
Abstract: In August of 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was launched. Its mission is to orbit Mars, performing remote sensing of the planet. Its mission will either introduce new, or greatly expand upon, deep space telecommunication capabilities. To support the MRO requirements, there have been multiple changes implemented in NASA's Deep Space Network. These changes include the first deep space usage of Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK), high rate turbo coded links (up to 1.6 Mbps), high rate Reed-Solomon coded links (6 Mbps), and characterization and utilization of Ka-band for the downlink, both for telemetry and for navigational purposes. The challenges of implementing these changes are discussed.
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