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Performance Evaluation of an IEEE802.15.4 Standard Based Wireless Sensor Network in Mars Exploration Scenario

  • R. Pucci
  • E. Del Re
  • D. Boschetti
  • L. Ronga
Conference paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Wireless Sensor Network Dust Storm Symbol Error Rate Dust Storm Effect Planetary Exploration 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Francesca Paradiso and Jacopo Pesci for OMNETT + + simulations results.

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thales Alenia Space ItaliaUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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