Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Robert D. Cass

Abstract: This report details a study on the application of American National Standards X3.l02 and X3.l4l to various classes of communication satellite systems from the simple analog "bent–pipe" to NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS). These standards are proposed as a means for quantifying the end-to-end communication system performance of communication satellite systems. An introductory overview of the two standards are given followed by a review of the characteristics, applications, and advantages of using X3.102 and X3.l4l to quantify the performance these classes of communication satellites. The report concludes with a description of the application of these standards to ACTS.

Keywords: ISDN; digital communication; American National Standards; baseband switching; DAMA; system performance measurement; SS/TDMA; TDMA; users; advanced communications technology satellites (ACTS)

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