Sharing S-Band communications to conduct small satellite TT&C
Forbes, Austin E.
Newman, James H.
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Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum management is an escalating concern in today’s growing wireless market, and ensuring that the growing number of EM spectrum users have adequate access will become only harder and more expensive as the number of users of cellular phones and satellite operations continues to grow. Utilizing and effectively sharing available spectrum is an involved process with many users competing for access. With the ever-increasing demand for EM spectrum, the creation and utilization of policies and regulations that support and encourage the co-utilization of EM spectrum bands is of growing importance. The Mobile CubeSat Command and Control (MC3) ground station personnel at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, conducted a series of tests with local news station KION to determine the feasibility of simultaneously using an S-Band uplink frequency to conduct telemetry, tracking, and communications (TT&C) with NPS CubeSats while KION conducted its electronic news gathering (ENG) operations. The testing determined that conducting TT&C satellite operations above 7 degrees of antenna elevation does not impact ENG operations in Monterey. Our results may encourage spectrum co-utilization and ease the strain on the increasingly congested EM spectrum.
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