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Technological Challenges in Low-mass Interstellar Probe Communication

  title={Technological Challenges in Low-mass Interstellar Probe Communication},
  author={David G. Messerschmitt and Philip Lubin and Ian S. Morrison},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
Building on a preliminary paper design of a downlink from a swarm of low-mass interstellar probes for returning scientific data from the vicinity of Proxima Centauri, the most critical technology issues are summarized, and their significance is explained in the context of the overall system design. The primary goal is to identify major challenges or showstoppers if such a downlink were to be constructed using currently available off-the-shelf technology, and thereby provide direction and… 

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