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Enhanced IEEE 802.11 MAC Protocol for Precision Formation Flying-Based Distributed Spacecraft

Liang, K, Liu, Y, Liu, Q, Zhao, L, Yang, K and Sun, Z (2014) Enhanced IEEE 802.11 MAC Protocol for Precision Formation Flying-Based Distributed Spacecraft Wireless Personal Communications, 79 (1). pp. 375-388.

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In order to support precision formation flying missions, distributed spacecraft require inter-spacecraft communications with required performance. We present a hierarchical network architecture that supports both time-criticality for updating relative navigation measurements and flexibility for implementing various phases of mission operations. The architecture incorporates a reactive routing protocol with timely topology status, an enhanced IEEE 802.11 media access control protocol meeting the quality of service requirements, and single carrier-frequency domain equalization technique for reducing energy consumption. Our simulation results show that the proposed network architecture provides a fair tradeoff between time-criticality of services and flexibility of network topology among spacecraft. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Liang, K
Liu, Y
Liu, Q
Zhao, L
Yang, K
Date : 5 June 2014
DOI : 10.1007/s11277-014-1862-4
Copyright Disclaimer : © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords : Formation flying; Distributed spacecraft communications; Medium access control; Particle swarm optimization (PSO)
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:17
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:42

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