Date of Award

Spring 4-1994

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aeronautical Science


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Lance K. Erickson

Committee Member

Terry McGrath

Committee Member

Marvin L. Smith


The purpose of this study was to investigate the requirements necessary for data and voice communication via satellite, linking Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and other flight training facilities. The proposed research was conducted following a descriptive method of collecting information, generating and analyzing data, and listing the results for the proposed link requirements. The current fiber-optic communications link at ERAU in Daytona Beach was presented to establish a general foundation of communications. Research was done into methods used by satellite common carriers for realistic data and calculations. A proposed data link to connect flight simulators at the ERAU Prescott campus with the air traffic control simulation facilities at the ERAU Daytona Beach campus was developed. Data link requirements based on this scenario were gathered and the final assessment was presented. A suggested method of implementing this proposal, including carrier service and equipment selection, was developed and further research into expanding this proposal into a network was suggested.