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ISO 21460

3rd Edition, August 15, 2015

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Space data and information transfer systems - Proximity-1 space link protocol - Physical layer

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This Recommended Standard defines the Proximity-1 Space Link Protocol Physical Layer. The specification for the channel connection process, provision for frequency bands and assignments, hailing channel, polarization, modulation, data rates, and performance requirements are defined in this document.

Currently, the Physical Layer only defines operations at UHF frequencies for the Mars environment.

The Data Link Layer is defined in the two separate CCSDS Recommended Standards entitled, Proximity-1 Space Link Protocol—Coding and Synchronization Sublayer (reference [2]), and Proximity-1 Space Link Protocol—Data Link Layer (reference [3]).

This Recommended Standard does not specify

a) individual implementations or products;

b) implementation of service interfaces within real systems;

c) the methods or technologies required to perform the procedures; or

d) the management activities required to configure and control the protocol.


The purpose of this Recommended Standard is to specify Physical Layer procedures used with the Proximity-1 Data Link Layer (references [3] and [2]). Proximity space links are defined to be short-range, bi-directional, fixed or mobile radio links, generally used to communicate among probes, landers, rovers, orbiting constellations, and orbiting relays. These links are characterized by short time delays, moderate (not weak) signals, and short, independent sessions.


This Recommended Standard applies to the creation of Agency standards and to future data communications over space links between CCSDS Agencies in cross-support situations. It applies also to internal Agency links where no cross-support is required. It includes specification of the services and protocols for inter-Agency cross support. It is neither a specification of, nor a design for, systems that may be implemented for existing or future missions.

The Recommended Standard specified in this document is to be invoked through the normal standards programs of each CCSDS Agency and is applicable to those missions for which cross support based on capabilities described in this Recommended Standard is anticipated. Where mandatory capabilities are clearly indicated in sections of the Recommended Standard, they must be implemented when this document is used as a basis for cross support. Where options are allowed or implied, implementation of these options is subject to specific bilateral cross support agreements between the Agencies involved.
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