Accession Number : ADA589579


Title :   Building a Local Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Architecture Using Hosted Payloads


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Zaman, Farakh B


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA589579


Report Date : Sep 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 133


Abstract : From a military standpoint, space-based capabilities and the need to know what is happening in space, or Space Situational Awareness (SSA), have become invaluable. Current SSA capabilities are expensive and are limited in scope. Hosted payloads however, provide a unique method to provide SSA in a relatively inexpensive manner. This thesis explores the development of an architecture for SSA using hosted payloads. For this thesis, research was conducted on existing systems. NASA and Air Force programs were reviewed to gain an understanding of hosted payloads, and a set of generic high-level requirements were developed for a hosted payload. These requirements will meet the needs of a hosted SSA payload that can enable a larger SSA architecture using hosted payloads. Once the requirements were developed, modeling and simulation using Satellite Tool Kit (STK) was were employed to develop an optimal SSA system using hosted payloads. Finally, once the architecture was defined, an Operational View 1 (OV-1) was developed to provide a graphical representation of the architecture.


Descriptors :   *NETWORK ARCHITECTURE , ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES , PAYLOAD , SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , SPACE BASED , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE