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Call for Papers -- Feature Topic, Vol.17, No.7, 2020
Smart Communications and Networking for Future Deep-space Exploration
Since the first space probe flew to the Moon in 1959, over 200 deep-space exploration missions have already been carried out on the eight planets, various asteroids and comets in the solar system. Amount of deep-space scientific experiments promoted people to understand about the origin and evolution of the universe. With the rapid developments of equipment and spacecraft with high-accuracy detector and long-term energy, more and more ambitious deep-space exploration plans have also been scheduled or under discussion about space resources utilization and space migration, e.g., manned landing on the Mars, guard infrastructures on the Moon and human-flight to the edge of the solar system (>100 AU), etc.
Deep-space communication technology is the guarantee of deep-space mission success and data return in the space far away from the earth with the difficulties of large path loss, long delay, intermittent interruption and link asymmetry, etc.. Currently, ground stations, relay satellites, rovers and probes are still the dominating communication instrumentation facilities for providing the services of deep-space missions. NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) is currently one of the most advanced infrastructures, which supports more than 30 space missions with 3 ground stations and the antennas in size from 34 meters to 70 meters. Optical communications systems are under development to enable unprecedented capacity of data return (622 Mbps from the Moon) using short contact times, which allows smaller and lighter hardware and requires less power cost. Recently, a communication system with a rover, a relay satellite and two cubesats have supported the HD image transmission on the far side of the Moon in lunar exploration project of China. To meet the future requirements on the manned or man-machine hybrid deep-space explorations, it needs not only telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) or data acquisition, but also automation and intelligence in the network formed by interconnected multiple detectors and relay satellites. Therefore, smart communication, automatic navigation, network architectures, networking protocols and other related applications should be studied comprehensively to support more and more emerging services and missions in the extremely challenging environments for future deep-space exploration.
The primary goal of this special issue is to present the state-of-the-art original research, and latest advances and innovations in key architectures, techniques, schemes, applications, and solutions for future deep-space communications and networks. Papers describing algorithms, models, prototypes, implementations, tools, and paradigms are welcome. Survey papers or visionary articles indicating future directions from different perspectives are also encouraged. Extended versions of papers published in conferences, symposium, or workshop proceedings may also be submitted.
Submission Deadline: February 25, 2020
Acceptance Notification (1st round): April 1, 2020
Minor Revision Due: May 1, 2020
Final Decision Due: May 10, 2020
Final Manuscript Due: May 20, 2020
Publication Date: July 15, 2020
Guest editors
Qinyu Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), China
Zhili Sun, University of Surrey, UK
Tomaso de Cola, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Kanglian Zhao, Nanjing University, China
Topics include (but not limited to):
Network structure for future manned or hybrid deep-space exploration
Radio propagation models for deep-space communications
Intelligent service framework for deep-space exploration
Delay / disruption tolerant networking
Deep-space optical communications and networking techniques
Navigation techniques for deep-space exploration
Antenna array technologies for deep-space exploration
Integrated optical and radio communications for deep-space exploration
Artificial Intelligence assisted communications for deep-space exploration
Contact plan design for deep-space networking
Resource allocation optimizations in deep-space networks
Cooperative communications for deep-space exploration
High efficiency error correction codes for deep-space communications
Network security for deep-space networks
Emulation techniques for deep-space communications and networking
Hardware testbed for deep-space communications and networking
Submission guidelines
This feature topic “Smart Communications and Networking for Future Deep-space Exploration” invites submissions of original, previously unpublished technical papers and visionary articles exploring the architecture, techniques, and applications in deep-space communications and networking. All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed and will be evaluated on the basis of their technical content. Potential topics of interest include, but not limited to areas listed above.
Papers should be submitted in two separate .doc files (preferred) or .pdf files: 1) Main Document (including paper title, abstract, key words, and full text); 2) Title page (including paper title, author affiliation, acknowledgement and any other information related with the authors’ identification) through the Manuscript Central. Please register or login at http://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/chinacomm, then go to the author center and follow the instructions there. Remember to select “Smart Communications and Networking for Future Deep-space Exploration--- Issue 7 as your manuscript type when submitting; otherwise, it might be considered as a regular paper.
Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:
an abstract of about 150 words
3-8 keywords
original photographs with high-resolution (300 dpi or greater); eps. or tif. format is preferred; sequentially numbered references.
sequentially numbered references. The basic reference format is: author name, "article name", issue name (italic), vol., no., page, month, year. for example: Y. M. Huang, "pervateture in wireless heterogeneous…", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas, vol. 27, no. 5, pp 34-50, May, 2009.
brief biographies of authors (50-75 words)
contact information, including email and mailing addresses
Please note that each submission will normally be approximately 4500 words, with no more than 20 mathematical formulas, accomplished by up to 10 figures and/or tables.

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