Design of EVA Communications Method for Anti-multipath and Full-Range Coverage

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 571)


Considering the large-scale of manned spacecraft and the increasing scope of EVA, a full-range and anti-multipath communications method for EVA is proposed to solve the problem of low coverage and severe multipath effect which cannot be solved by traditional method. Multiple antennas are evenly distributed around the manned spacecraft to ensure the full communication coverage of EVA. FDD (Frequency Division Dual) is adopted and different frequency is assigned to the forward link and backward link respectively. DS-CDMA (Direct-Sequence Code Division Multiple Access) is applied. Diverse spreading codes are distributed to each astronaut of EVA, and the problem of EVA communication interference for multiple astronauts is solved. In order to weaken the multipath effect brought by shield and reflection of manned spacecraft, a communication method by combination is proposed. Time diversity technique is applied that manned spacecraft transmits the forward message through multiple antennas in time staggered mode, and the astronaut of EVA is searching the maximum point in limited time by correlation of sliding window. The rest peaks are found near the original one, and the maximum ratio combining is carried out by the judge of peak value. Space diversity technique is also used that manned spacecraft receives the backward information of astronauts by multiple antennas, and all the peaks are found by the correlation through sliding window. The maximum ratio combining is implemented by the estimation. Simulation is made, and the result shows that by whole-scope communications method for EVA, the signal to noise ratio can be reduced 1–4 dB to realize the BER (Bit Error Rate) of 10–5 comparing with other methods, and it realize the full-range of EVA communication without interruption.


Full-range EVA Extravehicular communication CDMA Multipath effect Time diversity Space diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Manned Space System Engineering, China Academy of Space TechnologyBeijingChina

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