Accession Number:

ADA248364

Title:

Feasibility of Meteor Burst Buoy Relay as a Command and Control Asset

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

92.0

Abstract:

Meteor burst communication is currently being researched as a survivable, backup means to long-range communications due to a perceived vulnerability to HF and satellite communications. A specific hypothetical link that is analyzed in this thesis is that of a meteor burst relay buoy network. The network consists of fixed land facilities, permanently moored ocean buoys, and air-deployable buoys, all in support of deployed submarines. The advantage of such a system for the submarine fleet is that it would allow the ability of establishing communications while maintaining a covert posture on-station. This is due to the meteor burst phenomenon of scattering, where a meteor trail projects a small ground illumination footprint, as compared to HF communications. As a result, a meteor burst channel has inherent characteristics that are resistant to ground-based interception and jamming.

Subject Categories:

  • Radio Countermeasures
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE