TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT OF SATELLITES FOR CONUS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
A number of satellite system techniques have been suggested as candidates to provide ATC surveillance, communication, and/or navigation service over CONUS. All techniques determine the aircraft positions by multilateration based on the arrival times of signals transmitted between the aircraft and the satellites. The techniques can be categorized as follows: (1) Coordinated Aircraft-to-Satellite Techniques (CAST), (2) Random Access Aircraft-to-Satellite Techniques (RAST), and (3) Satellite-to-Aircraft Techniques (SAT). This volume summarizes the results of a technical assessment of all three techniques. The detailed assessment is presented in companion volumes. The assessment has shown that workable systems could be configured using any one of the three techniques without reliance on high risk technology. No one technique has emerged as superior. Rather several viable alternatives have been identified. All techniques appear to require more costly avionics than today's ground-based system.
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Lincoln LaboratoryMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Lexington, MA USA 02173
Transportation Systems Center55 Broadway, Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA USA 02142
- Stiglitz, I G
- Publication Date: 1974-1-31
- Pagination: 25 p.
- Accession Number: 00080436
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: ATC-26 Proj. Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-RA-3-8
- Files: NTIS
- Created Date: Feb 11 1975 12:00AM