How does DS1's communications system work?
Most deep space satellites use S-band or X-band frequencies that are in the neighborhood of 2-10 GHz. DS1 is using X-band for most of its communications, but a new technology is also being tested. This technology uses the newest frequency being tested for deep space communications known as Ka-band.
What are radio waves?
What is frequency?
What new technologies are being tested on DS1?
How are frequency and wavelength related?
What new communications features are being used by DS1?
More about radio waves
How do you make a radio wave?
What is the Ka-band?
What frequency is the Ka-band subcarrier?
Why are we testing new technologies on DS1?