Whitepaper #310 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: Mars; other: relay communications systems; technology development
The “Mars Relay Network” (MRN) has demonstrated its benefits for landed assets on Mars. Next-decade missions are expected to have greater communication needs. A next-generation relay network would be enabling for a variety of missions that have been previously unachievable, including small orbiters and new landed missions types.