Voyager - A Space Exploration Mission like no other
IEEE CTN Issue: August 2017
Usually I come up with a (I like to think) cute title for the email announcement for the CTN article, but this time I’m afraid I am too in awe of the topic to do so. So I will stick with what our author, Leland gave to me. It is with a certain amount of childhood excitement that I’d like to present a comms engineering slant on the now 40 year old and still going Voyager mission, told by one of the engineers who was there. For me Voyager is one of those moments in time that any self-respecting engineer would sell their back teeth to have been part of. The sheer challenge of communication over such distances using, what now is, such primitive technology, to achieve one hell of a phone call at some quite decent data rates would make the bravest of us quiver. Before the mission launch all the engineers got their names engraved on a plaque on the probe and it is now leaving the solar system. I don’t think 5G will ever provide that level of satisfaction unfortunately! And by the way, when this article talks about free space loss, it really means free space….. Maybe there are some other Voyager engineers out there who will want to add their comments?