• The Data Handling System of the Helios Probes

      Pabst, Dietrich; Digital Space Applications (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1974-10)
      The Helios probes A and B will have a maximum distance of 2AU from Earth. The typical requirements which are applicable to all deep space missions, especially decreasing link capacity, need a flexible data handling system. Taking the Helios probe as an example, it will be shown how the specific problems of data handling in deep space probes were solved from the technical standpoint. The system processes 4 selectable scientific formats at 8 to 4096 bit/sec with 320 subcommutated housekeeping channels, also to be transmitted in a separate engineering format. Simultaneously, a special format is stored cyclically with up to 16kbit in a 0.5Mbit memory, which can also be used for the storage of all the other data in an automatic sequence mode. Telemetry data are convolutional coded. Due to its flexibility and its multiplicity, the data handling system is a useful instrument for deep space missions.