• Satellite Ground Station Cost/Performance Appraisal

      Massey, David E.; Universal SpaceNet, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1997-10)
      The proliferation of Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) science, earth resources and eventually global communications satellites either in orbit or planned, requires a much lower cost methodology for ground support. No longer is it economically feasible to consider a single, dedicated satellite tracking station to service a LEO spacecraft. An innovative approach is needed to lower the cost of LEO satellite data services thus contributing to the expansion of the commercial space market. This appraisal will cover the performance aspects needed for LEO tracking support and offer a unique and new solution to providing TT&C and payload services.