Low cost deep space hybrid optical/RF communications architecture

  title={Low cost deep space hybrid optical/RF communications architecture},
  author={Gary Noreen and Shervin Shambayati and Sabino Piazzolla and Robert J. Cesarone and Karl F. Strauss and Farid Amoozegar},
  journal={2009 IEEE Aerospace conference},
This paper reports on a study of hybrid optical/Radio Frequency (RF) architectures for deep space missions. Previous proposed optical deep space communication architectures were generally designed to achieve 90% or better availability 24/7. This study, instead, considered alternative metrics and architectures. It focuses on a strategy to use RF links and existing RF infrastructure for navigation and for communications requiring high availability, and optical communication links only for high… CONTINUE READING