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TSM-WIN-T: TSM-SATCOM update Ka-Band Satellite Transmit and Receive System AN-GSC-70(V).

The Ka-Band Satellite Transmit and Receive System, AN/GSC-70(V) is a new terminal that was developed to provide additional wideband communications capability to Department of Defense users and alleviate the spectrum saturation of the X-band. Ka-STARS will greatly increase both available single user data rate and total satellite capacity over today's DSCS III satellites and future Wideband Gapfiller System satellites while focusing support to warfighting forces.

The AN/GSC-70(V) is a non-developmental item consisting of a combination of commercial-off-the-shelf and government furnished equipment. Ka-STARS is a shelterized or fixed SATCOM terminal capable of transmitting up to 48 uplinks and receiving up to 56 downlinks simultaneously. Ka-STARS will also have the capability to transmit and receive in both polarizations (right and left hand circular). This terminal system is comprised of six subsystems: antenna, antenna tracking servo, transmitter, receiver, frequency generator, and control and monitoring. The terminal has redundant subsystems with fault isolation capabilities. The initial terminals will use the 9.1 meter diameter antenna.

Terminal locations and testing: The program manager for Defense Communications and Transmissions Systems will

procure and install seven Ka-STARS terminals. One will be located at Fort Monmouth, N.J., to support the PM DCATS test bed and the other six terminals will be installed at teleport locations to support WGS satellites 1-3. The Army is considering procuring an additional four terminals to support WGS satellites 4 and 5. The Teleport Program Office is also considering procuring an additional six terminals (location to be determined) to satisfy increased teleport requirements. The first Ka-STARS terminal is currently being installed at Camp Roberts, where system integration testing, the maintenance demonstration, and instructor and key personnel training will be accomplished over the next year.

The automated test station software developed for the AN/ GSC-52 Modernization Program will be modified as required to support the Ka-STARS terminals. The test types and functionality of the original software shall be retained, but modified as required to interface and control any new ATS test measurement and diagnostic equipment that may be required by the new operating frequencies.

Training: Currently, there is no requirement to train the Ka-STARS terminal within the resident 25S course at Fort Gordon; however, this requirement will be reevaluated every year. To satisfy the Army's training requirements for Ka-STARS, the contractor is developing a training plan, which will be reviewed through the Department of Training at Fort Gordon to ensure standardized training. This plan will detail the training approach for IKP Training, New Equipment Training, and Computer Based Interactive Training. The training plan will include a listing of all training support materials needed to conduct IKP and NET, to include a curriculum outline. The contractor is also developing the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual. The IETM is being developed, with coordination at the Signal Center training department, Space and Missile Defense Command/ARSTRAT, Network Command and PM DCATS.

Point of contact for additional information on Ka-STARS is Frank Stein, TSM SATCOM, DSN: 780-7903, email:


ACAT--Acquisition Category ATEC--Army Test and Evaluation Center's COCOMs--Combatant Commands CCG--Combat Communication Group CONOPS--Concept of Operations COP--Common Operating Picture COTS--Commercial-off-the-shelf DAA--Designated Approving Authority DISA--Defense Information Systems Agency IOT&E--Operational Test and Evaluation ITRO--Inter-Service Training Review Organization FQT--Functional Qualification Testing FRPD--Full Rate Production Decision FUE--First Unit Equipped GA--Government Assessment GCCC--Global C4 Control Center GOTS--Government-off-the Shelf LRIP--Low Rate Initial Production LUT--Limited User Test JCCC--Joint C4 Control Center JDIICS-D--Joint Defense Information Infrastructure Control System-Deployed JTF--Joint Task Force KPPs--Key Performance Parameters MDA--Missile Defense Agency NOSC--Network Operations and Security Center ORD--Requirements Document OTC--Operational Test Command PdM--Product Manager PEO-CT3--Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications--Tactical RRA--Resource Requirement Analysis SA--System Assessment SAIC--Science Applications International Corporation
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Title Annotation:TSM update
Author:Stein, Frank
Publication:Army Communicator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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