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Gigabit Satellite Network for NASA's Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS)The advanced communication technology satellite (ACTS) gigabit satellite network provides long-haul point-to-point and point-to-multipoint full-duplex SONET services over NASA's ACTS. at rates up to 622 Mbit/s (SONET OC-12), with signal quality comparable to that obtained with terrestrial fiber networks. Data multiplexing over the satellite is accomplished using time-division multiple access (TDMA) techniques coordinated with the switching and beam hopping facilities provided by ACTS. Transmissions through the satellite are protected with Reed-Solomon encoding. providing virtually error-free transmission under most weather conditions. Unique to the system are a TDMA frame structure and satellite synchronization mechanism that allow: (a) very efficient utilization of the satellite capacity: (b) over-the-satellite dosed-loop synchronization of the network in configurations with up to 64 ground stations: and (c) ground station initial acquisition without collisions with existing signalling or data traffic. The user interfaces are compatible with SONET standards, performing the function of conventional SONET multiplexers and. as such. can be: readily integrated with standard SONET fiber-based terrestrial networks. Management of the network is based upon the simple network management protocol (SNMP). and includes an over-the-satellite signalling network and backup terrestrial internet (IP-based) connectivity. A description of the ground stations is also included.
Document ID
20120000894
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Hoder, Douglas (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bergamo, Marcos (BBN Systems and Technologies Corp. Canoga Park, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: International Journal of Satellite Communications
Volume: 14
ISSN: 0737-2884
Subject Category
Communications and Radar
Report/Patent Number
ACTS-96-035
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other