Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces in Action for Non-Terrestrial Networks [article]

Kürşat Tekbıyık, Güneş Karabulut Kurt, Ali Rıza Ekti, Halim Yanikomeroglu
<span title="2022-02-24">2022</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
Next-generation communication technology will be made possible by cooperation between terrestrial networks with non-terrestrial networks (NTN) comprised of high-altitude platform stations and satellites. Further, as humanity embarks on the long road to establish new habitats on other planets, cooperation between NTN and deep-space networks (DSN) will be necessary. In this regard, we propose the use of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS) to improve coordination between these networks given
more &raquo; ... that RIS perfectly match the size, weight, and power restrictions of operating in space. A comprehensive framework of RIS-assisted non-terrestrial and interplanetary communications is presented that pinpoints challenges, use cases, and open issues. Furthermore, the performance of RIS-assisted NTN under environmental effects such as solar scintillation and satellite drag is discussed in light of simulation results.
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