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Scintillation Network Decision Aid (SCINDA) (U)

Overview (U):

(U) The Scintillation Network Decision Aid (SCINDA) is a system designed to specify ionospheric scintillation in real time. Timely location of outage regions would enable the warfighter to effectively use satellite communication, navigation, or surveillance assets to modify mission plans and prevent errors as scintillation warnings become available.

Description (U):

(U) SCINDA provides the warfighter with an efficient, graphical interface needed to evaluate the effects of local ionospheric scintillation on critical military space communication and navigation links. Specialized ground-based UHF and L-Band receivers, monitoring signals from geosynchronous communication satellites, are used to measure scintillation intensities and zonal drift velocities. Sites are connected to the Internet, providing the warfighter with an automated local real-time data retrieval system. The SCINDA decision-aid software then processes this data and generates a three-dimensional real-time local visualization of the ionospheric disturbance structure. Tailored products, such as outage maps, are derived from these measured disturbance structures to provide the warfighter critical information about impending communication and navigation outages that may interrupt military operations. SCINDA is currently a prototype system and is fielded at stations in South America. It is envisaged that SCINDA sites will be set up around the globe to provide data to the warfighter.

User Impact (U):

(U) To be supplied.

Programmatics (U):

(U) Programmable.

Images (U):

(U) None.

Related Initiatives (U):
Scintillation SatelliteScintillation Satellite
This Table Is Unclassified.

Related Requirements (U):None.

Related Categories (U):
Ground-Based SensorsGround Based Sensors
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

This Table Is Unclassified.

Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

(U) None.

Lead Office (U):

(U) Air Force.

(U) DoD: OASD(C3I), Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Service Staff: SAF/AQS, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(U) Major Command: HQ AFSPC/DR, Peterson AFB, CO
(U) Program Management: HQ AFMC/SMC, Los Angeles AFB, CA

Point of Contact (U):

(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.

Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997

(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999

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