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Plasma Considerations in Space Communications

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1 Author(s)
E. W. Banios ; Space & Information Systems Division, North American Aviation, Inc. Downey, California

Since space mission success depends heavily upon radio frequency link with Earth, the characteristics of plasma as a propagation medium are vital in telecommunication system design. This paper presents general discussion and develops an analytic methodology to identify propagation difficulties and anomalies caused by characteristic plasma behavior. A typical space mission requirement is outlined, values of pertinent environmental parameters are obtained or estimated, and the results are compared with observed data and the correlations discussed.

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems  (Volume:AES-2 ,  Issue: 6 )