Accession Number : ADA112698

Title :   Evaluation of Q-Band Instrumentation Requirements for Strategic Satellite System (SSS) Program.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA

Personal Author(s) : Raponi,D. J.

Report Date : DEC 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 180

Abstract : Q-band instrumentation appropriate for testing the Strategic Satellite System (SSS) satellite terminal is evaluated in terms of current and projected availability; desired and practical measurement capabilities; required development; and schedule/cost impacts to the program. The Air Force is considering several approaches to increasing the strategic communications capability now provided by the recently deployed ultra high frequency (UHF) Air Force Satellite Communications (AFSATCOM) system. The Strategic Satellite System (SSS) was proposed to improve antijam (AJ) characteristics through the use of advanced modulation techniques and higher frequencies (8 and 44 GHz) on links between ground and airborne terminals and the satellites. This report is an assessment of Q-band (44 GHz) test instrumentation requirements, availability, and accuracy as these factors affect cost and schedule for the SSS satellite terminal development program. Though the SSS program has been cancelled, information presented in the report has applicability to the EHF MILSTAR program.

Descriptors :   *Strategic satellites, *Communication satellite terminals, Military requirements, Millimeter waves, Measurement, Ultrahigh frequency

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE