The Radio Frequency Subsystem and Radio Science on the MESSENGER Mission

  title={The Radio Frequency Subsystem and Radio Science on the MESSENGER Mission},
  author={Dipak K. Srinivasan and Mark E. Perry and Karl B. Fielhauer and David E. Smith and Maria T. Zuber},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
Abstract The MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) Radio Frequency (RF) Telecommunications Subsystem is used to send commands to the spacecraft, transmit information on the state of the spacecraft and science-related observations, and assist in navigating the spacecraft to and in orbit about Mercury by providing precise observations of the spacecraft’s Doppler velocity and range in the line of sight to Earth. The RF signal is transmitted and received at X… 
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