• BANDWIDTH EFFICIENT CONCATENATED CODES FOR EARTH OBSERVATION TELEMETRY

      Calzolari, Gian Paolo; Cancellieri, Giovanni; Chiaraluce, Franco; Garello, Roberto; European Space Agency; Università di Ancona (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2001-10)
      Telemetry for Earth-Observation missions is characterized by very high data rates and stringent requirements. Channel codes both power and bandwidth efficient must be used to improve downlink performance and to achieve the very low values of error rates needed at the received side. In this paper, we review and analyzed three codes of possible interest for these applications: turbo codes, serial turbo codes and product codes. These schemes are evaluated and compared both by simulation and analytical techniques. A particular attention is devoted to complexity, a key issue for practical implementation at high data rates.