SHIPBOARD SATCOM TECHNOLOGY INVESTIGATION

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Authors
  1. Felstead, E.B.
  2. Belisle, J.C.
Corporate Authors
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Satellite communications (satcom) is becoming the essential Navy link. There are many topside satcom problems including physical size, eight, blockage, cost, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) between the many shipboard electronic systems. There is a need for innovative antenna technology to reduce these problems. A previous study provided a brief overview of Allied use of milsatcom and trends in shipboard terminals. In the present study, the work is carried further. First, parameters and features needed by the Navy are outlined. Then, the features of a variety of military and commercial satcom systems that could satisfy these needs are provided. A brief overview of shipboard termins is provided. Finally, a road map for future research and development for shipboard antennas is given, and consisted of two directions. The shorter-term first direction involves the use of available demonstrator antennas and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) simulation software. In the longer-term second direction, it is proposed that advanced-antenna approaches be pursued. Again, two directions are proposed. One direction is already currently underway at DREO. This effort could be called the "building-block" approach to phased arrays, wherein certain components of array elements are developed. In a second advanced-antennas direction, it is proposed that innovative antenna approaches be investigated. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Shipboard antennas
Report Number
CRC-TN-98-005;DREO-98-321 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 Oct 1998
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
99-00229
CANDIS No
510094
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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