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Challenging implementation and operations traditions

Show simple item record Gatti, Mark S. Statman, Joseph I. 2009-02-09T21:23:58Z 2009-02-09T21:23:58Z 2006-06-19
dc.identifier.citation SpaceOps, Rome, Italy, June 19, 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-0913
dc.description.abstract The Deep Space Network (DSN) that provides for the communications link between the deep space missions and the science users currently consists of a small set of very large monolithic tracking antennas. This ground-based network includes a total of 12 antennas located in three roughly equidistant longitudes around the earth and utilizes a decentralized approach to it operations. Recently, however, studies have suggested that the number, complexity, and data throughput of the future set of space probes will be increasing dramatically. This demands more performance from the DSN than is currently available. In identifying the architecture for the future DSN required to support this mission set, one concept that proves promising is one that consists of a great many number of much smaller antennas configured in an array. This concept has been supported by the developments in antenna manufacturing technology and the consistent decrease in the cost of electronics required to receive, amplify, and combine signals from deep space probes. Furthermore, it is clear that past developments in the DSN have not benefited from the applications of economies of scale. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en_US
dc.subject Deep Space Network (DSN) en_US
dc.subject benchmarking en_US
dc.title Challenging implementation and operations traditions en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy ANTENNA ARRAYS en_US

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