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Integration of the White Sands Complex Into a Wide Area Network

By Boucher, Phillip Larry

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Reproduction Date: 1996-11-01

Title: Integration of the White Sands Complex Into a Wide Area Network  
Author: Boucher, Phillip Larry
Volume: Report-Number: NAS 1.26:203753; NASA-CR-203753
Language: English
Subject: Hydrodynamics, Radiation Distribution, Flux Density
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Description: The NASA White Sands Complex (WSC) satellite communications facility consists of two main ground stations, an auxiliary ground station, a technical support facility, and a power plant building located on White Sands Missile Range. When constructed, terrestrial communication access to these facilities was limited to copper telephone circuits. There was no local or wide area communications network capability. This project incorporated a baseband local area network (LAN) topology at WSC and connected it to NASA's wide area network using the Program Support Communications Network-Internet (PSCN-I). A campus-style LAN is configured in conformance with the International Standards Organization (ISO) Open Systems Interconnect (ISO) model. Ethernet provides the physical and data link layers. Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) are used for the network and transport layers. The session, presentation, and application layers employ commercial software packages. Copper-based Ethernet collision domains are constructed in each of the primary facilities and these are interconnected by routers over optical fiber links. The network and each of its collision domains are shown to meet IEEE technical configuration guidelines. The optical fiber links are analyzed for the optical power budget and bandwidth allocation and are found to provide sufficient margin for this application. Personal computers and work stations attached to the LAN communicate with and apply a wide variety of local and remote administrative software tools. The Internet connection provides wide area network (WAN) electronic access to other NASA centers and the world wide web (WWW). The WSC network reduces and simplifies the administrative workload while providing enhanced and advanced inter-communications capabilities among White Sands Complex departments and with other NASA centers.; CASI; Nasa Publication Center: White Sands Test Facility; Unclassified; No Copyright; Unlimited; Publicly available;; Report-Number: NAS 1.26:203753; NASA-CR-203753


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