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Ka-band tiny transmitter for the New Millenium Program
Author(s): A. Lance Riley; Michael Grimm; Dmitrios Antsos; Edwin Grigorian; Sal Kaylar; Art Kermode; Anthony Mittskus; Jerry Neal; Erlend Olson
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Paper Abstract

The size, mass and cost of telecommunications systems on deep space missions have increased at almost an exponential rate over the last thirty years. Great cost and size reduction of these systems can be achieved by reducing the cost and size of the transponder component of the radio subsystem. An advanced technology X- and Ka-band (8 and 32 GHz) tiny transmitter is being developed at JPL for the New Millennium program and is described in this paper. The tiny transmitter is the first phase of development of the tiny transponder which will incorporate recent advancements in miniaturization and flexibility of radio systems by utilizing digital radio techniques. These techniques incorporate digital technology and algorithms to perform many functions which have traditionally been performed by analog circuits and allow the complexity of the rf portion of the radio to be minimized. The tiny transponder will be able to meet the needs of almost all deep space missions presently being planned for launch after the year 2000.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2810, Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium, (28 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255128
Show Author Affiliations
A. Lance Riley, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael Grimm, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dmitrios Antsos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Edwin Grigorian, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sal Kaylar, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Art Kermode, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anthony Mittskus, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jerry Neal, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Erlend Olson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2810:
Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium
E. Kane Casani; Mark A. Vander Does, Editor(s)

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