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Operational evaluation of a DGPS / SATCOM VTS : final report

  • 1996-09-01

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      Satellite communications (SATCOM) using code division multiple access(CDMA) modulation and burst messaging, provided a new dimension to communication channel capacity, operating dependability, and area of coverage. This technology, together with differential GPS (DGPS) electronics for vessel location and course over ground (COG) determination, provided a strong yet flexible foundation for implementing asset management systems, such as a VTS, in a cost effective manner. This paper reported the test and evaluation of an integrated SATCOM prototype system. This SATCOM system supported VTS operations in one locale while providing aircraft flight following in another (such as International Iceberg Patrol in the North Atlantic), through a common base station. Technical management of this project was performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center (R&DC). The US Army Space Command (ARSPACOM) also participated actively in this program. As the project was implemented, the aviation flight following portion addressed helicopter operations, both Coast Guard and Army. Short burst messaging addressed an acute need for long range communications with helicopters flying nap-of-the-earth.
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