We describe a communication channel for a microwave-propelled sail, a novel concept for a deep-space scientific probe. We suggest techniques to recover the great loss introduced by the large distances, and we have conducted various simulations to understand the effects on the performance of the system. Possible disruption in the channel by high-energy solar flares, which increase the error in the estimation of the received signal, is accounted for. We developed the simulation for a full communication system on an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel, including the random-time solar-flare disturbance. We show that turbo codes can be exploited that perform very well at low SNRs and have high coding gain.
IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Space vehicle communication, space vehicle antennas, space vehicle telemetry, Gaussian channels, Gaussian noise, space vehicle propulsion
Abdallah, Chaouki T.; i. Sezi Bakim; and Edl Schamiloglu. "Communicating with microwave-propelled sails." IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine 45, 4 (2003): 111-122. doi:10.1109/MAP.2003.1241321.