Development of an L-band Spectrum Management Tool Suite

L. Monticone, F. Box, T. Kim, R. Snow, and M. Tran (USA)


distance measuring equipment (DME), tactical air navigation (TACAN), FAA, NAS, GPS L5, spectrum management


Managing the use of spectrum by multiple diverse systems is a formidable task requiring the use of sophisticated tools. A prime example of a spectrum band shared by multiple Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) systems, that the research described in this paper addresses, is the 960 1215 MHz band, contained within the L-band. The L Band Steering Committee formed by the FAA and DoD and an ad hoc working group of the Interagency Global Positioning System (GPS) Executive Board (IGEB) have been independently formed to address concerns regarding the interference-free co-existence of L-band systems. This paper describes the effort that the MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) has undertaken to develop a spectrum management tool suite to help address these concerns. In addition, an application of preliminary tool-suite capabilities developed during Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 is presented.

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