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Relay telecommunications for the coming decade of Mars exploration

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dc.contributor.author Edwards, C.
dc.contributor.author DePaula, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-22T17:34:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-22T17:34:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-27
dc.identifier.citation 61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, Prague, Czech Republic, September 27 - October 1, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-3957
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45155
dc.description.abstract Over the past decade, an evolving network of relay-equipped orbiters has advanced our capabilities for Mars exploration. NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor, 2001 Mars Odyssey, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), as well as ESA’s Mars Express Orbiter, have provided telecommunications relay services to the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and to the 2007 Phoenix Lander. Based on these successes, a roadmap for continued Mars relay services is in place for the coming decade. MRO and Odyssey will provide key relay support to the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, including capture of critical event telemetry during entry, descent, and landing, as well as support for command and telemetry during surface operations, utilizing new capabilities of the Electra relay payload on MRO and the Electra-Lite payload on MSL to allow significant increase in data return relative to earlier missions. Over the remainder of the decade a number of additional orbiter and lander missions are planned, representing new orbital relay service providers and new landed relay users. In this paper we will outline this Mars relay roadmap, quantifying relay performance over time, illustrating planned support scenarios, and identifying key challenges and technology infusion opportunities. 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, 2010 en_US
dc.title Relay telecommunications for the coming decade of Mars exploration en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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