# When was the idea behind the DESCANSO Book Series first conceived, by whom, and what is its “mission”?

When was the idea behind the DESCANSO Book Series first conceived, by whom, and what is its "mission"?

When I'm looking for information on deep space issues including communications and orbital mechanics (especially Volume 2), I often run across troves of goddies in an on-line copy of some article from a DESCANSO Book.

Putting all of this scholarly and practical information together is a significant amount of work, and for many organizations publishing the "company goodies" would be the last thing anyone would consider. But NASA has always taken the high road here.

In this case, what was the origin of this project? Who decided to do it (person? committee? mandate?), when, and why?

Deep Space Communications and Navigation Series

Joseph H. Yuen, Editor-in-Chief

The Deep Space Communications and Navigation Series, authored by scientists and engineers with many years of experience in their respective fields, lays a foundation for innovation by communicating state-of-the-art knowledge in key technologies. The series also captures fundamental principles and practices developed during decades of deep-space exploration at JPL. In addition, it celebrates successes and imparts lessons learned. Finally, the series will serve to guide a new generation of scientists and engineers.

*Hard copies of the DESCANSO books are now published by John Wiley & Sons.

*This series has been translated into Chinese by Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Volume 1
Catherine L. Thornton  (About the Author)
James S. Border  (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 2.5 MB)
Volume 2
Formulation for Observed and Computed Values of Deep Space Network Data Types for Navigation
Theodore D. Moyer  (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 3.0 MB)
Volume 3
Bandwidth-Efficient Digital Modulation with Application to Deep-Space Communications
Marvin K. Simon  (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 2.3 MB)
Volume 4
Large Antennas of the Deep Space Network
William A. Imbriale (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 23.9 MB)
Volume 5
Antenna Arraying Techniques in the Deep Space Network
Timothy T. Pham (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 1.56 MB)
Volume 6
Radio Occultations Using Earth Satellites: A Wave Theory Treatment
William G. Melbourne
Full Version (pdf - 7.87 MB)
Volume 7
Deep Space Optical Communications
Hamid Hemmati, Editor (About the Editor)
Full Version (pdf - 22 MB)
Volume 8
Spaceborne Antennas for Planetary Exploration
William A. Imbriale, Editor (About the Editor)
Full Version (pdf - 24 MB)
Volume 9
Jon Hamkins, Editor (About the Editor)
Marvin K. Simon, Editor (About the Editor)
Full Version (pdf - 3.5 MB)
Volume 10
Low-Noise Systems in the Deep Space Network
Macgregor S. Reid, Editor (About the Editor)
Full Version (pdf - 14.7 MB)
Volume 11
Coupled-Oscillator Based Active-Array Antennas
Ronald J. Pogorzelski (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 6.96 MB)
Volume 12
Low-Energy Lunar Trajectory Design
Jeffrey S. Parker (About the Author)
Full Version (pdf - 7.7 MB)
Volume 13
Deep Space Communications
Jim Taylor, Editor (About the Editor)
Full Version (pdf - 20.45 MB)

• You can find email addresses of NASA folk on people.nasa.gov. You might try emailing Jim Border with your question. I think Joe is retired. – Mark Adler Sep 9 '17 at 15:37