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Characterization of operational performance of Ka-band links in Deep Space Network

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dc.contributor.author Pham, Timothy
dc.contributor.author Liao, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-23T20:47:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-23T20:47:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-13
dc.identifier.citation 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, September 13-16, 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 16-3359
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/46164
dc.description.abstract This paper presents a characterization of performance of 32-GHz Ka-band link in an operational environment. The data come from tracking of Kepler spacecraft by the NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) in the past few years. Ka-band link offers a significant signal-to-noise advantage compared to the more common X- or S-band; however, it is subject to more signal fluctuation caused by the weather. Kepler is the first mission supported by the DSN that solely rely on the higher deep space Ka-band communications link to return its high-rate science data. A well characterization of the operational performance of Kepler would benefit future Ka-band missions, especially for those operating with smaller link margin. 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, 2016 en_US
dc.title Characterization of operational performance of Ka-band links in Deep Space Network en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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