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The Deep Space Atomic Clock Mission

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dc.contributor.author Ely, Todd A.
dc.contributor.author Koch, Timothy
dc.contributor.author Kuang, Da
dc.contributor.author Lee, Karen
dc.contributor.author Murphy, David
dc.contributor.author Prestage, John
dc.contributor.author Tjoelk, Robert
dc.contributor.author Seubert, Jill
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-22T23:34:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-22T23:34:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-30
dc.identifier.citation 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Pasadena, California, October 29 - November 2, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-5222
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43016
dc.description.abstract The Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) mission will demonstrate the space flight performance of a small, low-mass, high-stability mercury-ion atomic clock with long term stability and accuracy on par with that of the Deep Space Network. The timing stability introduced by DSAC allows for a 1-Way radiometric tracking paradigm for deep space navigation, with benefits including increased tracking via utilization of the DSN’s Multiple Spacecraft Per Aperture (MSPA) capability and full ground station-spacecraft view periods, more accurate radio occultation signals, decreased single-frequency measurement noise, and the possibility for fully autonomous on-board navigation. Specific examples of navigation and radio science benefits to deep space missions are highlighted through simulations of Mars orbiter and Europa flyby missions. Additionally, this paper provides an overview of the mercury-ion trap technology behind DSAC, details of and options for the upcoming 2015/2016 space demonstration, and expected on-orbit clock performance. 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, 2012. en_US
dc.subject navigation en_US
dc.subject atomic clock en_US
dc.subject radiometric tracking en_US
dc.subject autonomy en_US
dc.title The Deep Space Atomic Clock Mission en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Instrumentation and Photography en)US


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