Performance Evaluation of an IEEE802.15.4 Standard Based Wireless Sensor Network in Mars Exploration Scenario
Born as data networks for personal areas (WPAN), wireless sensor networks (WSN) have rapidly gained a growing importance in many other contexts. One of the most interesting and innovative field of application of WSN is represented by the planetary exploration context; taking into account the actual scopes of NASA and ESA, the aim of this paper is to present the performance evaluation of an IEEE802.15.4 standard-based network in Mars exploration context. Thanks to an analysis of the Martian geomorphologic, atmospheric, and eolian features, a characterization of five most representative frequency channels will be given. Considering such analysis, an evaluation of the performance of an IEEE802.15.4 standard-based network is obtained, performing simulation processes with Simulink®; and OMNET + +. The possibility of implementing a packet level coding is also investigated.
KeywordsWireless Sensor Network Dust Storm Symbol Error Rate Dust Storm Effect Planetary Exploration
We would like to thank Francesca Paradiso and Jacopo Pesci for OMNETT + + simulations results.
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