Spacelift range incremental modernization moving from a strategy of backward compatibility
Driessen, Paul T.
Osmundson, John S.
Huynh, Thomas V.
Hargreaves, Jeffrey J.
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The intent of this thesis is to gain insight into launch and test range requirements in order to determine transitional architectures by using a systems engineering methodology developed at the Naval Postgraduate School. The range is a weapon system that has many characteristics of an automated information system with each function having its own timing and bandwidth requirements. The sensors considered are those left after the range begins using GPS metric tracking for all launch vehicles. The analysis focuses on comparing the use of current data formats to an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) standard by considering data availability and timeliness as design parameters. Sensors should be compatible with the data network rather than with legacy formats since data is not transported in the legacy formats. Devices requiring a legacy format need a converter to consume data from the network. The analysis was an accounting of throughput required at various nodes on the data network, and estimates of data latency along critical data links. The conclusion is that the current range architecture is able to support GPS metric tracking and that an IPv6 network is a viable option that moves the range toward compliance with the Operational Requirements Document.
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