EFFECTS OF MULTIPATH FADING ON LOW DATA-RATE SPACE COMMUNICATIONS
AuthorChen, C. H.
AffiliationSoutheastern Massachusetts University
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AbstractStudies have shown that there is a severe signal fading at the turbulent atmosphere of a distant planet such as Venus. The data may be lost during deep fade. It is the objective of this paper to examine the effects of multipath fading on the performance of the noncoherent coded system which is used for the low data-rate space communications especially with the small probes. An exact error probability of the wideband noncoherent MFSK receiver is derived from using the “Rician” channel model. While the error performance of the receiver is worse than that of the ideal MFSK receiver, as expected, it is interesting to note that the performance degradation due to the multipath fading diminishes as the product of bit duration and IF filter bandwidth becomes large. Performance of a concatenated code in the presence of multipath fading is also considered.
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