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Relay support for the Mars Science Laboratory and the coming decade of Mars relay network evolution

Show simple item record Edwards, Charles D. Jr. Arnold, Bradford W. Bell, David J. Bruvold, Kristoffer N. Gladden, Roy E. Ilott, Peter A. Lee, Charles H. 2015-03-18T21:34:07Z 2015-03-18T21:34:07Z 2012-03-03
dc.identifier.citation 2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 3-10, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-4216
dc.description.abstract In the past decade, an evolving network of Mars relay orbiters has provided telecommunication relay services to the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and to the Mars Phoenix Lander, enabling high-bandwidth, energy-efficient data transfer and greatly increasing the volume of science data that can be returned from the Martian surface, compared to conventional direct-to-Earth links. The current relay network, consisting of NASA’s Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and augmented by ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter, stands ready to support the Mars Science Laboratory, scheduled to arrive at Mars on Aug 6, 2012, with new capabilities enabled by the Electra and Electra-Lite transceivers carried by MRO and MSL, respectively. The MAVEN orbiter, planned for launch in 2013, and the ExoMars/Trace Gas Orbiter, planned for launch in 2016, will replenish the on-orbit relay network as the current orbiter approach their end of life. Currently planned support scenarios for this future relay network include an ESA EDL Demonstrator Module deployed by the 2016 ExoMars/TGO orbiter, and the 2018 NASA/ESA Joint Rover, representing the first step in a multimission Mars Sample Return campaign. 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 Telecommunications en_US
dc.subject UHF en_US
dc.subject MAVEN en_US
dc.subject ExoMars/Trace Gas Orbiter en_US
dc.subject 2018 Mars Rover en_US
dc.title Relay support for the Mars Science Laboratory and the coming decade of Mars relay network evolution en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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