Communications System

How does DS1's communications system work?

How much power does each part of the system use?

Below is a table of the different parts and their power requirements.

The exciters are what produce the signals. The Solid State Power Amplifiers amplify the output from these exciters.


Small Deep Space Transponder (SDST)

(only receiving data)

SDST (receiving, and X-exciter) 13.3
SDST (receiving, and Ka-exciter) 15.2
SDST (receiving, X- and Ka-exciters) 16.9
X-band Solid State Power Amplifier 59
Ka-band Solid State Power Amplifier 20
Detector Amplifier Module .30

What are the main differences between a radio station and DS1?
How does power get distributed in DS1?
Where does DS1 get its electricity?

How do the instruments and sensors coordinate sending signals?
What new communications features is DS1 using?
How does the communications system work with so little power?

What radio frequency does DS1 use for communications?