Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Operational Sciences
James T. Moore, PhD
The daily mission objective of the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) is to support communication with satellite systems. It is critical that the AFSCN operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Previous work on the satellite range scheduling problem has successfully scheduled over 90 percent of the satellite support requests. This research investigates the capacity of the AFSCN using an available satellite scheduling algorithm. This research has three objectives. The first objective is to be able to generate sample data sets which represent a day of satellite support requests for low, medium, and high altitude satellites. The second research objective is to schedule the satellite support requests in the sample data sets. The third objective is to determine an upper bound on the number of support requests which can be supported by the AFSCN. Based on the reported results, the AFSCN is able to support around 175 low altitude satellite support requests and 250 medium/high altitude satellite support requests. At this level of demand, the scheduling algorithm is able to schedule approximately 90 percent of the satellite support requests.
DTIC Accession Number
Jang, Kwangho, "The Capacity of the Air Force Satellite Control Network" (1996). Theses and Dissertations. 5988.