Techniques for the Analysis of Spectral and Orbital Congestion in Space Systems

by Alvin L. Hiebert, William Sollfrey

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This report is a compendium of the techniques available for analysis of spectral and orbital congestion in space systems. The expansion of signal transmissions and orbiting objects could severely affect the frequency spectrum allocations, orbit assignments, and related earth segments of space systems. The treatment of these problems requires a set of analytical procedures, computer programs to apply these procedures to specific configurations, and a database to provide inputs to the programs. The proposed Space System Data Base will consist of electromagnetic and operational characteristics of active and projected U.S. and international space systems including related earth and airborne segments. More than 20 analysis and computation codes are described, with the presentation pitched to an engineer's or user's level. The projected capabilities will provide an essential national resource for management decisionmaking and architectural planning on space-related programs.

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