15 March 2016 Architectural and operational considerations emerging from hybrid RF-optical network loading simulations
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A technology demonstration of free space optical communication at interplanetary distances is planned via one or more future NASA deep-space missions. Such demonstrations will "pave the way" for operational use of optical communications on future robotic/potential Human missions. Hence, the Deep Space Network architecture will need to evolve. Preliminary attempts to model the anticipated future mission set and simulate how well it loads onto assumed architectures with combinations of RF and optical apertures have been evaluated. This paper discusses the results of preliminary loading simulations for hybrid RF-optical network architectures and highlights key mission and ground infrastructure considerations that emerge.
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Yijiang Chen, Yijiang Chen, Douglas S. Abraham, Douglas S. Abraham, David P. Heckman, David P. Heckman, Andrew Kwok, Andrew Kwok, Bruce E. MacNeal, Bruce E. MacNeal, Kristy Tran, Kristy Tran, Janet P. Wu, Janet P. Wu, "Architectural and operational considerations emerging from hybrid RF-optical network loading simulations", Proc. SPIE 9739, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVIII, 97390P (15 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213594; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2213594
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