ATS-5 MULTIPATH/RANGING/DIGITAL DATA L-BAND EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM. PHASE I. EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM - AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS/SURVEILLANCE VIA SATELLITE AT L-BAND

A program definition study (phase I) for an experimental flight test program intended to establish the capabilities and limitations of an L-band aeronautical satellite system has been completed. Three experiments are defined: aircraft position surveillance via satellite, voice and digital communications via satellite, and multipath propagation characterization. The test program was designed to use the NASA ATS-5 satellite, scheduled for launch in August 1969, and two FAA airplanes, a KC-135 and a DC-6B. Ground terminals were to be located at the NASA Mojave facility in California and at the FAA NAFEC facility near Atlantic City, N.J. Descriptions of the aircraft experimental L-band antennas and functional requirements for the airborne and ground-based terminals are given. Due to failure of the ATS-5 satellite to achieve proper stabilization in orbit, the test program and hardware described herein were extensively revised prior to implementation and flight test as described in subsequent program phases. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also AD-783 581 and AD-783 583.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Company

    Commercial Airplane Division, P.O. Box 3707
    Seattle, WA  USA  98124

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    ,   USA 
  • Publication Date: 1973-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 405 p.

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00071870
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: D6-60177 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA69WA-2109
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1974 12:00AM