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Comparison of TCeMA and TDMA for Inter-Satellite Communications using OPNET SimulationA robust data link protocol, enabling unique physical and MAC layer technologies and sub-network level protocols, is needed in order to take advantage of the full potential of using both TDMA and CDMA in a satellite communication network. A novel MAC layer protocol, TDMA with CDMA-encoding multiple access (TCeMA) integrated with null-steered digital beam-forming spatial multiplexing, is investigated to support flexible spacecraft communications. Abstract models of the TCeMA and TDMA processes are developed in OPNFiT and a comparison of the performances of TCeMA and TDMA in a satellite network simulation are made. TCeMA provides the better connectivity and capacity with respect to TDMA for satellite communication traffic.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Hain, Regina Rosales
(BBN Systems and Technologies Corp. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Ramanathan, Ram
(BBN Systems and Technologies Corp. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Bergamo, Marcos
(BBN Systems and Technologies Corp. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Wallett, Thomas M.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
Meeting Information
OPNETWORKS 2003 Conference(Washington, DC)
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Public Use Permitted.
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