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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  N07-112 (Navy)
Title:  Modeling and Simulation for Higher Fidelity of Commercial SATCOM Capability as a Design Aid to the Planning and Decision Making Process.
Research & Technical Areas:  Information Systems, Battlespace

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  Objective:  To develop a toolset to model the effects of time-driven, scenario-specific deployment considerations of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) systems. The core of the model is to provide the military SATCOM community with the ability to examine the performance of a broad range of deployment options with respect to maximum achievable data rates for a given set of SATCOM terminals and show the effects of these SATCOM systems in the context of a warfighting scenario.
  Description:  The model must be capable of assessing the bandwidth performance of given sets of SATCOM terminals, or Terminal Fielding Plans, within different SATCOM resource allocation scenarios. Therefore the model must be able to simulate the performance of a variety of SATCOM terminals and satellite transponders under a number of different constraints, including power amplifier, antenna and modem parameters, as well as other considerations faced by the commercial sector. The model must be linked to, and capable of maintaining a commercial database of available SATCOM resources. This includes available SATCOM terminals, the platforms on which terminals are deployed, available modems, available antennas, existing and proposed satellites, and the satellite payloads. The SATCOM bandwidth model must interface directly with a mission/campaign level warfighting model that is capable of explicitly modeling communications and can show traceability of bandwidth constraints and bottlenecks to mission timelines overall warfighting effectiveness such as BLUE side platform losses and the rate of attrition of RED side forces. The model interface must make use of open source input and output data formats such as the extensible markup language (XML). The model toolset must have the capability to perform statistically significant bandwidth assessments of maximum achievable data rates for a given field plan under different system design configurations and must be able to run these in warfighting scenarios for Major Combat Operations (MCO). The toolset must have a graphical user interface (GUI) to allow an analyst the capability of configuring terminal fielding plans, satellite configurations, and resource allocations.

  PHASE I: Will include researching potential SATCOM bandwidth computational models and DoD approved warfighting models with a SATCOM component. The results of the research will be analyzed to determine a development approach for building a SATCOM bandwidth performance assessment model. The development approach will include a plan to integrate SATCOM bandwidth modeling capabilities with existing warfighting models.
  PHASE II: Includes the development of a prototype system. The prototype will demonstrate system feasibility, sound conceptual design, database design, interface capability, and a practical implementation approach.

  PHASE III: Will include the development of a modular, scalable, and reusable system. The main features of the system will include: a database of available SATCOM equipment and resources, the ability to quickly assess differing SATCOM scenarios, visualization of dynamic scenarios, automation capability, the ability to integrate with existing industry and military standard models, and an intuitive GUI interface. The system will be expandable to allow for easy integration of new features. PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: The resulting product would provide a valuable enhancement to several modeling and simulation environments for private defense industry, and other private sector companies whose products must show the value added of SATCOM networks.

  References:  1. CJCSI 3170.01E 2. SECNAVINST 5000.2C JCIDS

Keywords:  modeling; commercial; satellite; SATCOM; network; stochastic

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