Satellite terminals are described and possible nonquantifiable advantages accruing to satellite users such as convenience are briefly discussed. A method for analyzing the usefulness of satellite terminals is then developed which concentrates on total access trip time as a measure of level of service. Analysis are distributed on a least-time basis either to satellites or directly to full-service terminals where they obtain intercity transportation. The total access trip is divided into several time components corresponding to initial access time to the terminal and performance measures which are related to travel impedances associated with terminals. Trip time data on the operation of terminals is used to determine benchmark values for the performance measures. A computer system developed by another researcher for the systematic investigation of terminal locations and configurations is used for the travel time analysis. By varying the relative values of the performance measures and observing the resulting changes in trip distributions, issues are explored which relate to the importance of terminal impedances, the Capability of Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft and High Speed Ground Transportation (HSGT) to provide significant time savings, and the perceived as opposed to actual amount of time required for a trip. Findings indicate that under certain conditions, satellites do provide access time savings for some travelers and that many alternatives in addition to VTOL and HSGT exist for improving airport access.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Leder, W H
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Pagination: 132 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MS Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM