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Mars relay coordination lessons learned

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8 Author(s)
Gladden, R. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., USA ; Hwang, P. ; Waggoner, B. ; McLaughlin, B.
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The Mission Management Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was tasked with coordinating the relay of data between multiple spacecraft at Mars in support of the Mars exploration rover missions in early 2004. The confluence of three orbiters (Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Express), two rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), and one lander (Beagle 2) has provided a challenging operational scenario that required careful coordination between missions to provide the necessary support and to avoid potential interference during simultaneous relay sessions. As these coordination efforts progressed, several important lessons were learned that should be applied to future Mars relay activities.

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Aerospace Conference, 2005 IEEE

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5-12 March 2005