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Title: UHF relay antenna measurements on Phoenix Mars Lander mockup
Authors: Ilott, Peter
Harrel, Jefferson
Arnold, Bradford
Bliznyuk, Natalia
Nielsen, Rick
Dawson, David
McGee, Jodi
Keywords: Mars antennas
range evaluation
relay
scattering
Spacecraft Antenna Measurements
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2006
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006.
Citation: Antenna Measurements and Techniques Association (AMTA), Austin, Texas, October 22-27, 2006.
Abstract: The Phoenix Lander, a NASA Discovery mission which lands on Mars in the spring of 2008, will rely entirely on UHF relay links between it and Mars orbiting assets, (Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)), to communicate with the Earth. As with the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) relay system, non directional antennas will be used to provide roughly emispherical coverage of the Martian sky. Phoenix lander deck object pattern interference and obscuration are significant, and needed to be quantified to answer system level design and operations questions. This paper describes the measurement campaign carried out at the SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Research) Systems Center San Diego (SSC-SD) hemispherical antenna range, using a Phoenix deck mockup and engineering model antennas. One goal of the measurements was to evaluate two analysis tools, the time domain CST, and the moment method WIPL-D software packages. These would subsequently be used to provide pattern analysis for configurations that would be difficult and expensive to model and test on Earth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40721
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