Abstract: The Data Collection Experiment (DCE) of the scientific mission DAVID (Data and Video Interactive Distribution) of the Italian Space Agency will pioneer the use of the W‐band for telecommunications experiments. In particular, a quasi error‐free collection of high volumes of data will be achieved through the exploitation of a W‐band link between remote or virtually remote sites and the DAVID satellite. To complete the end‐to‐end transfer, data will be transparently forwarded through Ka‐band links provided by the ARTEMIS satellite to ARTEMIS earth stations and then to the Internet. This paper proposes a coding scheme to achieve a quasi error‐free end‐to‐end data transfer and a method to check the presence/absence of errors on all the involved links.
Keywords: DAVID, W‐band, error‐free data transfer, Hash algorithms, Reed–Solomon coding