A computer program called "phxlrsim" simulates the behavior of the radar system used as an altimeter and velocimeter during the entry, descent, and landing phases of the Phoenix lander spacecraft. The simulation includes modeling of internal functions of the radar system, the spacecraft trajectory, and the terrain. The computational models incorporate representations of nonideal hardware effects in the radar system and effects of radar speckle (coherent scatter of radar signals from terrain).
This program was written by Curtis W. Chen of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Karina Edmonds of the California Institute of Technology at (626) 395-2322. Refer to NPO-44431.
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Simulating the Phoenix Landing Radar System
(reference NPO-44431) is currently available for download from the TSP library.
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