Accession Number:

ADA200962

Title:

Use of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) with Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Satellites: A Decision Guide

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

111.0

Abstract:

With increased military interest in relatively inexpensive, mission variable lightsats for proliferation and reconstitution purposes, an efficient means for information flow must be found. This information includes control of the mission satellite as well as retrieval of mission data. A possible selection to provide this channel is the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System TDRSS. This research was conducted to assemble the critical decision elements as a guide to prospective lightsat users of TDRSS. When TDRSS is complete, orbital coverage will be at least 85, making this an attractive option over alternatives. Greater link ranges and signal peculiarities are limiting factors in selecting this option. Issues covered TDRSS operational architecture, signal design and requirements, user spacecraft orbital considerations, link evaluation of all services for low earth orbits LEOs, and cost and documentation requirements. A recommended decision path is provided for early determination of TDRSSS suitability to mission needs. Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE