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- Descriptionthe wave theory foundations of todaya s radio occultation techniques Forty years ago, the premier radio occultation problem was how to profile the atmosphere and radius of Mars using signals sent by the Mariner 4 spacecraft. Researchers then could rely on ray theory--based techniques for accurate analysis of the thin, uniform Martian atmosphere. Todaya s radio occultation challenges mostly involve communications platforms--and related data, instrument systems, and applications--in the Eartha s own atmosphere. To deal with the density and complexity of this multilayered medium, an analytical framework that goes beyond ray theory is needed. Setting the cutting edge for the field, Radio Occultations Using Earth Satellites: A Wave Theory Treatment develops a purely wave--theoretic approach to occultation analysis. This approach yields more nuanced results than either ray or hybrid (ray/wave) methodologies offer, and proves suitable for the many variables at work in todaya s problems. This groundbreaking text provides: aeo An introduction to the general theory of radio occultations aeo Development of ray theory and scalar diffraction treatments of radio propagation processes aeo Development of a wave theoretic treatment of the above wave propagation processes aeo The correspondence between wave and ray theories aeo A discussion of how to use a wave--theoretic approach to infer the refractive properties of the propagation medium from a time series set of observations of the propagated wavea s phase and amplitude A comprehensive resource that clearly defines the latest topics and methodologies, Radio Occultations Using Earth Satellites is a must--have text for engineers, scientists, students, and managers in satellites communications, navigation, deep space and planetary exploration, aerospace, atmospheric science, physics, and engineering. The Deep Space Communications and Navigation Series is authored by scientists and engineers with extensive experience in astronautics, communications, and related fields. It lays the foundation for invation in the areas of deep space navigation and communications by disseminating state--of--the--art kwledge in key techlogies.
- Author BiographyWILLIAM G. MELBOURNE is a researcher at the California Institute of Technologya s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where, for over forty years, he has led many research programs. He is also the former Deputy Manager of the Telecommunications Science and Engineering Division in that institution.
- Author(s)William G. Melbourne
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication19/11/2004
- SubjectElectronics Engineering & Communications Engineering
- Series TitleJPL Deep-Space Communications and Navigation Series
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight1066 g
- Width164 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine36 mm
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