Telecommunication Systems

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 293-301

First online:

Simulation of deep space network traffic under various loading conditions

  • Victor Yeeman LoAffiliated withJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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This is a follow‐up report on the end‐to‐end data link performance of the NASA deep space network. The focus of this report is the effect of traffic loading on data delivery. Architecture of the existing network is modeled via COMNET. The contribution of the data latency to the overall acquisition time is simulated as a function of network traffic conditions. The results show steady‐state latencies in the range of tenths of milli‐seconds under a mild loading condition. During heavy traffic, a delay rate of over a hundred seconds of increased delay per hour of network operation time is observed. This is primarily due to the queueing delays associated with large volume of data stored in the buffers throughout the link.