• Space Shuttle Communications-Wideband Direct Link Signal and System Design

      Batson, Bartus H.; Huth, Gaylord K.; Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; Axiomatix (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1974-10)
      This paper describes the design of a wideband S-band communications link from the Space Shuttle Orbiter to a ground-based terminal. This link will be used for transmission of television, digital data (various rates), or analog data, and is of interest because of the presence of bandwidth, power, and hardware constraints. The procedure followed to arrive at an overall signal and system design is outlined, and system performance margins are presented for various operational configurations. Finally, the growth potential of this link for digital data transmission is discussed.