DIGITAL RECEIVER PROCESSING TECHNIQUES FOR SPACE VEHICLE DOWNLINK SIGNALS
AffiliationStanford Telecommunications, Inc.
KeywordsDigital receiver processing techniques
Fast Fourier Transform
numerically controlled oscillator
space vehicle downlink signal acquisition
range and range rate measurement
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AbstractDigital processing techniques and related algorithms for receiving and processing space vehicle downlink signals are discussed. The combination of low minimum signal to noise density (C/No), large signal dynamic range, unknown time of arrival, and high space vehicle dynamics that is characteristic of some of these downlink signals results in a difficult acquisition problem. A method for rapid acquisition is described which employs a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). Also discussed are digital techniques for precise measurement of space vehicle range and range rate using a digitally synthesized number controlled oscillator (NCO).
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