Accession Number:

ADA312259

Title:

The Use of Iridium, a Commercial Telecommunications Satellite System, in Wartime.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

This study investigates the capabilities and limitations of the commercial telecommunications satellite system, Iridium. In view of the increasing demands for immediate communications in the modern theaters of war, the study analyzes the utility that Iridium could provide the U.S. military telecommunications architecture. The study uses a research methodology composed of a pyramid of subordinate research questions designed to answer a primary question of whether the Iridium system can provide effective support to the U.S. warfighter. A case study of Desert Storm communications demand and a comparative analysis of the capabilities and limitations with existing military Ultra- High Frequency UHF communications satellites are accomplished. Effectiveness is determined by examining the suitability, feasibility, and acceptability of Iridium. These factors are systematically determined by identifying any shortfalls in military UHF satellite capacity, analyzing if Iridium can fill such shortfalls, comparing Iridiums capabilities with those of the UHF Follow-On system, and analyzing the cost of the Iridium system. The studys conclusion is that Iridium is both a suitable and feasible supporter of military point-to-point UHF demands. If certain lease limits are met, Iridiums economic acceptability is also assured. Thus, Iridium is an effective system to supplement the militarys UHF network.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE