JPL DESCANSO - Deep Space Communications and Navigation Center of Excellence

Near Earth Design & Performance Summary Series

This Near Earth Design and Performance Summary Series, issued by the Deep Space Communications and Navigation Systems Center of Excellence (DESCANSO), is a companion series to the Design and Performance Summary Series and the JPL Deep Space Communications and Navigation Series. Authored by experienced scientists and engineers who participated in and contributed to near-Earth missions, each article in this series summarizes the design and performance of major systems, such as communications and navigation, for each mission. In addition, the series illustrates the progression of system design from mission to mission. Lastly, the series collectively provides readers with a broad overview of the mission systems described.

Article 1 Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Telecommunications
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