MUOS: application in naval helicopter operations
Seggerty, Ryan L.
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The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is the next generation of military satellite communications technology. Using a unique combination of satellite vehicles and radio access facilities, MUOS allows the end user unparalleled access to the global information grid (GIG) with a significant increase in voice and data capacity over legacy UFO systems. Leveraging current WCDMA technology used by commercial cellular companies, the MUOS system will allow uninterrupted communications worldwide. This research aims to identify gaps in existing naval helicopter network capabilities and how to apply MUOS to further increase operational effectiveness. Current and legacy helicopter platforms were analyzed regarding connectivity in a network centric environment. Using simple modeling techniques in order to reduce the throughput of the user terminal to 16 kbps enabled a simulation of load times of various Internet applications. Analyzing the load times of web applications gives an initial indication of the viability of MUOS in the rotary wing environment. Even when reduced to a throughput of 16 kbps, many of the applications would still be usable in benign flight regimes. Text- or chat-based applications will see the biggest benefit from MUOS technology, allowing aircrews to quickly disseminate information anywhere in the world.
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