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Radio Wave Propagation on and Around Mars



Although not exactly on topic, I ran across the following which I thought 
would interest many of you.

Google was not able to find this document online, so it  looks like paper 
or fiche only.  Can be ordered from www.sti.nasa.gov .  Re the price codes: 
A06 means $35.50 US, $71.00 international, A02 means $14.50 US, $29.00 
international.



TITLE: Radio Wave Propagation Handbook for Communication on and Around Mars

Document ID: 20020039526 File Series: NASA Technical Reports

Report Number: JPL-Publ-02-5

Sales Agency & Price: CASI Hardcopy A06  CASI Microfiche A02 - No Copyright

Authors:
Ho, Christian (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.)  Golshan, 
Nasser (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.)  Kliore, Arvydas 
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.)

Published: Mar 01, 2002

Corporate Source:
Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. (Pasadena, CA United States)

Pages: 116

Contract Number: NAS7-1407

NASA Subject Category: Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, 
Command and Tracking

Abstract:
This handbook examines the effects of the Martian environment on radio wave 
propagation on Mars and in the space near the planet. The environmental 
effects include these from the Martian atmosphere, ionosphere, global dust 
storms, aerosols, clouds, and geomorphologic features. Relevant Martian 
environmental parameters were extracted from the measurements of Mars 
missions during the past 30 years, especially from Mars Pathfinder and Mars 
Global Surveyor. The results derived from measurements and analyses have 
been reviewed through an extensive literature search. The updated 
parameters have been theoretically analyzed to study their effects on radio 
propagation. This handbook also provides basic information about the entire 
telecommunications environment on and around Mars for propagation 
researchers, system engineers, and link analysts. Based on these original 
analyses, some important recommendations have been made, including the use 
of the Martian ionosphere as a reflector for Mars global or trans-horizon 
communication between future Martian colonies, reducing dust storm 
scattering effects, etc. These results have extended our wave propagation 
knowledge to a planet other than Earth; and the tables, models, and 
graphics included in this handbook will benefit telecommunication system 
engineers and scientific researchers.

Major Subject Terms:
HANDBOOKS  MARS (PLANET)  MARS ENVIRONMENT  RADIO 
WAVES  TELECOMMUNICATION  WAVE PROPAGATION  MARS MISSIONS

Minor Subject Terms:
MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR  DUST STORMS  ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS  RADIO 
OCCULTATION  AEROSOLS  INTERPLANETARY MAGNETIC FIELDS  MARS PATHFINDER

Language Note: English
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