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Entry, descent, and landing communications for the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander

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dc.contributor.author Kornfeld, Richard P.
dc.contributor.author Garcia, Mark D.
dc.contributor.author Craig, Lynn E.
dc.contributor.author Butman, Stan
dc.contributor.author Signori, Gina M.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-05T18:22:41Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-05T18:22:41Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 45, no. 3, p. 534-547, May–June 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 07-2204
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40901
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses NASA’s requirement on the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander to provide spacecraft communications during entry, descent, and landing on Mars to allow the identification of probable root cause should any mission failure occur. The Phoenix mission launched on 4 August 2007 and will land on 25 May 2008 on the northern plains of Mars to conduct a three-month study of the Martian environment. The paper discusses the architectural trades in designing a communications link and surveys the entry, descent, and landing communications approaches taken by previous missions. It then discusses the Phoenix-specific constraints and degrees of freedoms and presents a novel and robust implementation approach to entry, descent, and landing communications. The overall methodology and conclusions described herein can serve as a pathfinder for the entry, descent, and landing communications architecture and implementation of future Mars landed missions. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics en_US
dc.subject Phoenix Mars Lander en_US
dc.subject entry, descent, and landing en_US
dc.subject communications
dc.title Entry, descent, and landing communications for the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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