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Sharing S-Band Communications to Conduct Small Satellite TT and C

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Electromagnetic EM spectrum management is an escalating concern in todays growing wireless market, and ensuring that the growing number of EM spectrum users have adequate access will become only harder and more expensive as the number of users of cellular phones and satellite operations continues to grow. Utilizing and effectively sharing available spectrum is an involved process with many users competing for access. With the ever-increasing demand for EM spectrum, the creation and utilization of policies and regulations that support and encourage the co-utilization of EM spectrum bands is of growing importance. The Mobile CubeSat Command and Control MC3 ground station personnel at the Naval Postgraduate School NPS in Monterey, California, conducted a series of tests with local news station KION to determine the feasibility of simultaneously using an S-Band uplink frequency to conduct telemetry, tracking, and communications TT and C with NPS CubeSats while KION conducted its electronic news gathering ENG operations. The testing determined that conducting TT and C satellite operations above 7 degrees of antenna elevation does not impact ENG operations in Monterey. Our results may encourage spectrum co-utilization and ease the strain on the increasingly congested EM spectrum.

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  • Radio Communications
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

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