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Questions regarding information transfer between spacecraft, and between spacecraft and Earth.

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What could be strong arguments against Ingenuity following Perseverance at a safe distance when the flight test program has been a success?

This answer to the question "How long could the Mars helicopter Ingenuity keep up with the Perseverance rover if it wanted to?" reasons that indeed it could for years ! But according to the ...
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Can anything at Mars speak 900 MHz ZigBee besides Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance rover?

Interest is piqued by What could be strong arguments against Ingenuity following Perseverance at a safe distance when the flight test program has been a success? Question: Can anything at Mars ...
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How does one test Ground Segment communications with, and "downlink" data from a spacecraft that's still on the ground?

NASA News item Ground Segment Testing a Success for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope says: Testing teams have successfully completed a critical milestone focused on demonstrating that NASA’s James ...
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Cubesat half duplex communication stack

My understanding is that in half duplex transceivers, you are only able to either transmit or receive. In Cubesats using half duplex comms, which part of their communications stack is performing the ...
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Can an astronaut have a private communication during a spacewalk?

In this NASA page it describes an astronaut remaining in contact during an EVA. While inside these pressurized suits, it's essential that they (the astronauts) remain in constant communication ...
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Why are satellite ground station and deep space communications dishes with secondary mirrors usually of Cassegrain design?

The simplest dish antennas have a concave reflector and their feed horns at the primary focus which is "up in the air". That has several inconveniences, it's hard to go up there to do any ...
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How many ways of communication with ground can ISS crew use?

I'm currently writing fictional story which is happening at ISS and I have so many questions about this topic, but this one is the most important to me. How many possibilities of communication they ...
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Frequency progressive signals vs time progressive signals?

I am not very experienced with signals, but something that has occurred to me while reading on various ways we are searching for ET signals, is that it seems most people rule out a signal unless it's ...
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Frequency responses of Voyager's S-band high gain antenna's feed-horn and receiver front end & IF?

I'm working on this question. This is the farthest (known) communications link humans have ever engineered - an one node is running in deep space on 40 year old technology. Pretty amazing! In the ...
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Currently, how many communications channels can a single DSN dish maintain at the same time? Are there plans to increase this in the future?

DSN NOW screenshot 2021-07-10 at 07:14 UTC DSN NOW screenshot 2021-07-10 at 09:48 UTC The screen shots show Canberra's Dish 35 simultaneously transmitting and receiving, and above it is written MRO, ...
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Tradeoffs between using two 34 m and one 70 m Deep Space Network dish?

Discussion at this answer to Why does DSN sometimes uses two dishes at the same time to receive Voyager-1? include the possibility that in some cases it would be preferable to use two 34 meter DSN ...
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What's the current state of Venus orbital infrastructure?

As per this Wikipedia article there have been a total of 5 orbiters successfully deployed to Venus: Venera-15 Venera-16 Magellan Venus Express Akatsuki Of which only the Akatsuki seems to be ...
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All Optical Global Network - how does the space-to-ground link avoid clouds?

I just saw the news item in Lightwave's online website: Laser Light to leverage free-space optics in space for Optical Satellite as a Service. All Optical Hybrid Global Network (or HALO, as laser ...
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What did Intelsat-1 do in 1990 for its 25th anniversary brief reactivation? Could it be reactivated again? Is there a secret code?

Ouch! The 1960s From This Is What Broadband Satellite Communication Looked Like in 1965 The Intelsat 1 “Early Bird” communications satellite, built by Hughes Aircraft Co., was able to relay 240 ...
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Was Dart antenna tested using a DSN antenna located in Australia?

So recently a tweet by a bot which tracks communications by the Deep Space Network stated that: DSS 43 receiving data from Double Asteroid Redirection Test at 312.5kb/s. IN LOCK IN LOCK 1 TURBO 11:11 ...
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How will Amazon's constellation differentiate itself from SpaceX's and OneWeb's?

The New York Times' Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky says: Much of the attention on these strings of satellites has been placed on the prolific launches of SpaceX and ...
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What will MOM do when Earth isn't looking?

A quick follow-up to Is each instrument on ISRO MOM independently in 24x7 contact with Earth? Every 26 months Sol interposes to occult Earth from the gaze of the Warlord. The last time this occurred ...
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Modifying Starlink / Dragon for orbital communication

In this answer @uhoh notes: The Starlinks currently have three types of internet-related communication: downwards with customers fixed on the Earth's surface below the satellites (except an ...
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How is Prospero doing now? Was it really heard in 2004 and have there been recent attempts to contact it?

Screenshot from the excellent historical review in Curious Droid video Black Arrow : The Lipstick Rocket - A Very British Space Program with a photo of Prospero or at least a representation thereof. ...
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How hard would it be to get some comms during reentry?

As I type, a Crew Dragon is out of touch while it reenters. While I see how the plasma around the spaceship would make it very hard to communicate, I'm surprised that it is really impossible. How hard ...
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How did omission of command to Huygens lander not get caught by anybody at ESA nor anybody at JPL? Procedures in place to avoid in future?

In this answer to Prior to putting spacecraft on a trajectory going a significant fraction of the speed of light, would some things need to be tested on Earth? I wrote: As far as communications is ...
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why do astronauts in the ISS still use wired microphones?

While I watched the DM-1 hatch opening, I noticed that astronauts use the wired microphone to talk to Huston. It was particularly strange seeing that even because during hatch opening, they were ...
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What technology will SpaceX's StarLink satellites most likely use for sat-to-sat linking?

The question How does SpaceX plan to make money with StarLink Broadband? has got me thinking about how the satellites will link to each other. Wikipedia says it's something greater than 10,000 GHz and ...
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Did any of Voyagers' receivers' front ends take advantage of the "cold of space" to lower noise?

Most of the Voyagers' electronics are kept warm by electrical heaters powered by their RTG's, and presumably protected by some amount of insulation from the "cold of space" which means loss of heat ...
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How long is a satellite orbiting at 300 miles going to be visible from horizon to horizon?

Elon Musk has a plan for satellite internet that involves LEO and VLEO satellites. The question I have is how long would a satellite at these altitudes actually be within range before having to ...
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How have the 'gift' transponders on ISRO's GSAT-9 been used by other countries?

edit: It's been seven months. close to two years close to two years and seven months over three years now, have any of the 'gift' transponders been used or at least tested yet by the gift recipient ...
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How exactly does the live feed from ISS work?

Using my cell phone in a city to download lots of data very fast is common, thanks due to the dense net of base stations close to me (~1 km). But with the space station about 400 km above ground and ...
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Is each instrument on ISRO MOM independently in 24x7 contact with Earth?

The ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission web-site writes to say Mars Orbiter Mission carries five scientific payloads to observe Martian surface, atmosphere and exosphere extending up to 80,000 km for a ...
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Are there any selfies of Curiosity or Perseverance with their high gain antenna deployed and "looking up"?

The Curiosity and Perseverance rovers have high gain antenna arrays on a mechanical arm that can rise up and point towards Earth and communicate directly. Has the Curiosity rover ever communicated ...
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How (the heck) is it possible that with China's future 6G satellite network I'll be able to download 1000 movies per second?

The reasonably credible Wall Street Journal has a YouTube channel and the new video SpaceX vs. China: The Quest for Satellite Internet | WSJ says that with Starlink's data rate I can download a 1 Gb ...
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Studies that identify the best frequencies for transmitting interstellar messages?

We are searching for extraterrestrial communications from other solar systems, and some consider sending them as well. Are there studies attempting to identify which wavelengths are best suited for ...
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How many (presumably friendly) lasers are being shot at us from space? (pew! pew!)

A comment below @A.Rumlin's answer to Is there any spacecraft that is ping-able? links to a Facebook page (in Russian) which shows an astrophotographer's photograph of stars plus a big green flare ...
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HDEV Goodbye Video- similar projects planned?

I just found that nice "Goodbye HDEV" video on the Columbus-Eye-Projekt-Webpage. (http://columbuseye.rub.de/) Seems like the HDEV-housing is already burned during re-entry. Does anyone know ...
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Which colleges in the US are researching Astrionics/ Space communication systems?

An example is the Space Engineering Research Center at University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. What other colleges in the US are contributing to research on these topics?
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What kind of technology is required for Alpha Centauri communication?

Let's assume we already colonised Alpha Centauri. What kind of technology we need in order to send and receive 1kbps? Radio satellite orbiting the sun? How much power, antenna size and solar panel ...
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How to calculate azimuth and elevation angles from satellite point of view of a ground station?

How to find azimuth and elevation from satellite of a ground station when yaw, pitch, roll, lat, long position of satellite and lat, long position on ground are given? ...
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How to determine an available planetary communication window using orbital mechanics?

For class I have an orbit around Mars at an inclination of 63.4 deg and a base site of 55 deg North and was wondering how to work out the communication window, using orbital mechanics. Orbital ...
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What is this NASA Spaceflight article trying to explain?

The NASA Spaceflight article Extended Russian EVA complete – conducts satellite deployments contains a very long discussion about the timing of the CRS-12 launch. Had it missed the "single shot launch ...