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Integrated Data Encoder for High Data Rate Ka-band Modulator

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Developing Ka-band communication systems has been a goal of NASA's to utilize the wide bandwidth frequency channel and meet high data rate requirements of science missions.  This proposal seeks to develop a high data rate, data encoder for a high data rate Ka-band modulator.

Space communications have traditionally been in S-band (2 GHz) and X-band (7-8 GHz) but as the demand for higher data rates from science missions increases, there has been an increased push to advance Ka-band technologies to utilize the already existing near-Earth Ka-band frequency allocation (25-27 GHz). This project investigates a coding algorithm and develops it for high data rate performance.

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