Accession Number : ADA331511

Title :   Expected Performance of the Global Broadcast Service (GBS), Phase II, with Emphasis on Environmental Limitations to Supportable Data Rates

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Scotty, Stephen D.

PDF Url : ADA331511

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 101

Abstract : The US military requires a high capacity, high availability broadcast capability to provide timely dissemination of standard products to users who cannot rely on terrestrial links. The Global Broadcast Service (GBS) is being developed to meet this requirement. The key limiting factor in GBS availability is environmental losses, specifically atmospheric absorption and rainfall loss. The optimum frequency band for GBS would have been between 1-10 GHz. At this frequency range, environmental losses are negligible. However, congestion in this frequency range has forced DoD to choose a much higher frequency band for GBS, 20/30 GHz (K/Ka band). At this frequency band environmental losses, specifically rain loss, will be a key limiting factor to GBS availability. This thesis analyzes GBS Phase 2 performance taking into account atmospheric limitations. A key problem in determining the performance of GBS lies in the accuracy of existing rain loss models. Several rain loss prediction models were considered, and based on studies conducted by the ITU-R and Stanford Telecom, the USA rain model was chosen for this analysis. This thesis has shown that, due to environmental losses, high availability can best be achieved if GBS is capable of lowering its data rate during periods of precipitation.

Descriptors :   *RADIO BROADCASTING, *ATMOSPHERIC ATTENUATION, *TRANSMISSION LOSS, SIGNAL PROCESSING, THESES, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, RADIO LINKS, DATA RATE, RAINFALL, DOWNLINKS, UPLINKS, KA BAND, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, RADIOFREQUENCY SPECTROSCOPY, K BAND.

Subject Categories : Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE