Lunar and Martian Surface Communication Systems with Efficient Miniature Antennas
Project Award Date: 07-03-2008
Future Lunar and Martian surface communication systems will operate under severe size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints. These systems are also required to transmit large amounts of data (i.e., they are required to have high throughput). The objective of this project is to develop modern iterative- (turbo-) based demodulators and decoders that can satisfy these SWaP and throughput constraints in a wireless environment, at a practical (low-cost) level of complexity and in miniature form. Four specific communication scenarios have been identified: (1) astronaut to the surface assets in his immediate vicinity, (2) astronaut to the main hub/base (assuming line of sight), (3) astronaut to the main hub/base (assuming no line of sight), (4) main hub/base to Earth.
In Collaboration with Wichita State University and the University of Alabama
Faculty Investigator(s): Erik Perrins (PI)
Student Investigator(s): Chowdhury Shahriar, Raina Rahman, Tristan Bull, Brett Werling, Gino Rea Zanabria, Cenk Sahin, Seyed Mohammad Ehsan Hosseini, Muharrem Tunc, Wenshuai Hou
Primary Sponsor(s): NASA EPSCoR, KTEC