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Optical Communication During Hypersonic Re-Entry

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1 Author(s)
Langberg, E. ; Elcon Lab., Cambridege, MA

Communication during the re-entry of a space vehicle is a formidable problem because thermally-ionized gas in a shock wave surrounding such a vehicle absorbs the signal over the major portion of the radio spectrum. This paper describes some general features of re-entry communications. The entire electromagnetic spectrum is examined for selection of a suitable signal frequency.

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Communications Systems, IRE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 2 )