Integration of commercial mobile satellite services into naval communications
Stone, Cary Reese
van Z. Wadsworth, Donald
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Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) need to be integrated into Naval Communications. DoD SATCOM military owned systems fall well short of meeting DoD SATCOM requirements in general and mobile SATCOM specifically. This thesis examines DoD SATCOM requirements, especially those affecting communications on the move. From these requirements, three systems -- Inmarsat, Iridium and Globalstar -- are identified and evaluated for potential use in Naval Communications. An overview of space communications and each of the three systems is provided to identify general operational capabilities, system strengths and system weaknesses. The Naval narrowband functional requirements process is explored and DoD SATCOM and Commercial MSS ability to satisfy those requirements is assessed. Potential Naval MSS communications missions are examined and possible DoD enhancements are considered for each system as well as the impact these enhancements will have on each system. Recommendations are provided as to which Naval communications missions are best suited for these enhanced MSS
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