An examination of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) and its application to the Defense Data Network (DDN).

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Authors
Horner, Stephen Clark
Subjects
advanced communications technology satellite (ACTS)
defense data network (DDN)
communications satellite
packet switching
satellite switching
spot beam antennas
NASA
Advisors
Boger, Dan C.
Date of Issue
1987-06
Date
June 1987
Publisher
Language
en_US
Abstract
This thesis examine's NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) with emphasis on its potential applicability to the Defense Data Network (DDN). The ACTS program is a joint NASA industry program to develop the next generation of communications satellites, thus assuring the U.S.'s continued pre-eminence in this area. The ACTS will essentially operate as a "switchboard in the sky." The thrust of the thesis is to take a broad-brush look at the system and discuss its applicability to DoD's packet switching data network, the DDN. This thesis is written so that a technical background is not required by the reader. Applicable background information in provided where necessary. The emphasis is on the concepts involved and a discussion of the interoperability of the two systems.
Type
Thesis
Description
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Department
Control and Communications Academic Group
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
92 p.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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