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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper copy also available in set of 4 reports as PB-237 235-SET, PC$16.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Lincoln Laboratory

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Lexington, MA  United States  02173

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Stiglitz, I G
  • Publication Date: 1974-1-31

Media Info

  • Pagination: 25 p.

Filing Info

  • 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