Title page for ETD etd-12232009-020026

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Jones, S. J.
URN etd-12232009-020026
Title The application of the systems engineering process to the development of a global communications system using portable phones
Degree Master of Engineering
Department Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Pratt, Timothy J. Committee Chair
Blanchard, Benjamin S. Jr. Committee Member
Schinbeckler, Brad Committee Member
  • Telecommunication systems
Date of Defense 1992-08-05
Availability restricted
Telecommunications capabilities have increased dramatically in recent years. Especially significant is the introduction and tremendous growth of mobile telephone communications. Given the limitations of current mobile phone communications and the need for truly global person-to- person capabilities, an enhanced satellite-based system is presented as a feasible means to link portable telephones throughout the world.

Using systems engineering and the systems approach, the choice of using a satellite system vice other methods is made from a feasibility analysis. Following this choice, operational requirements are established. Based upon these requirements, two different satellite constellations are presented for consideration: a three-satellite geosynchronous constellation and a multi-satellite low earth orbiting (LEO) constellatIon. The advantages and disadvantages of each configuration are explored and the LEO constellation is chosen. Throughout the paper, systems engineering and its methodologies are used to illustrate how such a system might be developed using the systems approach.

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