Enabling Breakthrough Science With "High-Bandwidth" Satellite Communications

Session ID#: 25446

Session Description:
Small satellites (<50 kg) have revolutionized the possibilities for inexpensive science from space-borne platforms. A number of scientific CubeSats have been recently launched or are under development, including some bound for interplanetary space. Recent miniaturization of technology for high-precision pointing, high-efficiency solar power, high-powered on-board processing, and scientific detectors provide the capability for groundbreaking, focused science from these resource-limited spacecraft. Similar innovations in both radio frequency and optical/laser communications are poised to increase telemetry bandwidth to a gigabit per second (Gb/s) or more. This enhancement can allow real-time, global science measurements and/or ultra-high fidelity (resolution, cadence, etc.) observations from tens or hundreds of Earth-orbiting satellites, or permit high-bandwidth, direct-to-earth communications for (inter)planetary missions. This session showcases the truly breakthrough science in geo-, helio-, astro-, and planetary physics, among other fields, enabled by these paradigm-shifting compact instrumentation and high-speed communications capabilities for missions ranging from low-Earth orbit to the outer planets.
Primary Convener:  Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Brian C. Gunter, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Atlanta, GA, United States, Mark Storm, Fibertek Inc., Herndon, VA, United States and Harlan E. Spence, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Space Science Center, Durham, NH, United States
Co-Organized with:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, Natural Hazards, Planetary Sciences, and SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

  • C - Cryosphere
  • G - Geodesy
  • IN - Earth and Space Science Informatics
  • SA - SPA-Aeronomy
Index Terms:

4337 Remote sensing and disasters [NATURAL HAZARDS]
6297 Instruments and techniques [PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS]
6979 Space and satellite communication [RADIO SCIENCE]
7594 Instruments and techniques [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Leslie J Deutsch1, Stephen A Townes2, Joseph Lazio2, David J Bell3, Nacer E Chahat4, Joseph M Kovalik3, Igor Kuperman3, Jonathan Sauder5 and Philip E Liebrecht6, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Interplanetary Network Directorate, Pasadena, CA, United States, (3)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Flight Communications Systems, Pasadena, CA, United States, (4)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Flight Communication System, Pasadena, CA, United States, (5)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering, Pasadena, CA, United States, (6)NASA Headquarters, Space Communications and Navigation, Washington, DC, United States
Varoujan Gorjian, JPL/NASA/Caltech, Pasadena, CA, United States and Keck Institute for Space Studies Optical Communication on SmallSats Team
Frank Heine1,2, Herwig Zech2 and Matthias Motzigemba2, (1)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States, (2)Tesat Spacecom, Backnang, Germany
Brian C. Gunter, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Atlanta, GA, United States and Trevor Dahl, Georgia Institute of Technology, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Atlanta, United States