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This data set (VG2-U-PRA-2-RDR-HIGHRATE-60MS-V1.0) contains data acquired by the Voyager-2 Planetary Radio Astronomy (PRA) instrument during the Uranus encounter. Since the PRA instrument is able to observe planetary phenomenon at much larger ranges than other fields and particles experiments, thus the PRA data cover a variable and longer encounter period. PRA lowband data provided here cover the entire Uranus Encounter Phase (1985-10-24 to 1988-07-14). Each file within the dataset represents a single PRA high rate frame, of duration 48 seconds. Each file contains a 28 octet header, followed by 1280000 octets of data. The header format is described as below: -------------------------------------------------------------------Length (bytes) Name Contents -------------------------------------------------------------------2 Year Year A.D. 2 Day Day of year (1 Jan == 1) 1 Hour Hour of day (midnight == 0) 1 Minute Minute of hour (o'clock = 0) 1 Second Second of Minute (exact minute == 0) 1 Spacecraft 1 == V1, 2 == V2 2 Integral FDS Integer part of FDS count 1 Fractional FDS Fractional part of FDS count 4 Freq. 1 Frequency of 1st channel (Hz) 4 Freq. 2 Frequency of 2nd channel (Hz) 4 Freq. 3 Frequency of 3rd channel (Hz) 4 Freq. 4 Frequency of 4th channel (Hz) 1 Bandwidth Bandwidth (kHz) -------------------------------------------------------------------where all values are unsigned, and multi-octet values are presented with the most significant byte first. The data are 16 bit numbers, most significant byte first, with 0 indicating unavailable data. The data are presented as a single stream of 16 bit numbers. The frame is logically divided into lines (although there is no indication of the lines within the file). This terminology comes from the fact that in this high rate mode, the PRA data are treated exactly as if they were imaging data, and a 48 second image comprises 800 horizontal scan lines. Similarly, there are 800 logical lines within a PRA frame. Each line comprises 800 values, representing 400 data pairs. In the high rate mode, the PRA measures the flux at two frequencies _simultaneously_ and returns these two data sequentially. A sample pair is acquired every (actually every 138.88... microseconds), through an RC filter with a 100 microsecond time constant. A single line comprises 60 milliseconds of data. Lines are NOT contiguous in time. There is a 4444.44... microsecond gap between the ending of one line and the start of the succeeding line. The PRA samples a frequency pair in this manner for 24 seconds. It then has the option of switching to a second pair for the final 24 seconds. These frequencies are designated Freq. 1 through Freq. 4 in the header. The data are presented such that the higher of the relevant frequency pair is presented first. SAMPLING_PARAMETER_NAME = TIME SAMPLING_PARAMETER_RESOLUTION = N/A MINIMUM_SAMPLING_PARAMETER = N/A MAXIMUM_SAMPLING_PARAMETER = N/A SAMPLING_PARAMETER_INTERVAL = 138.8 MINIMUM_AVAILABLE_SAMPLING_INT = 138.8 SAMPLING_PARAMETER_UNIT = MICROSECOND DATA_SET_PARAMETER_NAME = RADIO WAVE SPECTRUM NOISE_LEVEL = 2400 DATA_SET_PARAMETER_UNIT = MILLIBEL

These data are available on-line from the Planetary Data System (PDS) at:

Alternate Names



  • Planetary Science: Fields and Particles

Additional Information



Questions and comments about this data collection can be directed to: Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. David R. EvansGeneral ContactRadiophysics,
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