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Advances in ground transmitters for the NASA Deep Space Network

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dc.contributor.author Vodonos, Yakov I.
dc.contributor.author Conroy, Bruce L.
dc.contributor.author Losh, David L.
dc.contributor.author Silva, Arnold
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-03T21:42:11Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-03T21:42:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 95, No. 10, October 2007, doi:10.1109/JPROC.2007.905050 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 07-1197
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40973
dc.description.abstract The Deep Space Network (DSN), managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA, is equipped with multiple microwave transmitters ranging in average radiated power from 200 W to 400 kW. The transmitters are used for routine or emergency communication with spacecraft, for navigation, and for radio science tasks. The latest advances in transmitter engineering were implemented in a new generation of 20-kW dual-band transmitters developed for the DSN 34-m beam waveguide antennas. Innovations include additional X-band communication capability for near Earth missions, new control algorithms, automated calibration, improved and expanded computerized monitoring and diagnostics, reduced cabling, and improved maintainability. The innovations were very beneficial for the DSN "overload" during the Mars 2003/2004 missions and will benefit other missions throughout the next decade. This paper describes the current design of the new transmitters and possible future developments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher IEEE en_US
dc.subject Ground support en_US
dc.subject microwaves en_US
dc.subject space vehicle communications en_US
dc.subject transmitter en_US
dc.title Advances in ground transmitters for the NASA Deep Space Network en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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