TCP/IP Performance Evaluations Based on Elevation Angles for Mobile Communications Employing Stratospheric Platform

Marry KONG  Otabek YORKINOV  Shigeru SHIMAMOTO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B   No.11   pp.3335-3344
Publication Date: 2009/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.3335
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Satellite Communication Technologies in Conjunction with Main Topics of JC-SAT2008)
stratospheric platform,  high altitude platform station,  channel modeling,  ray-tracing,  elevation angle,  TCP/IP,  throughput,  

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This paper describes a proposed propagation estimation method and TCP/IP-based evaluations for mobile communications employing a stratospheric platform. To estimate a wireless channel, a realistic and detailed description of its physical environment must be accurately defined. Therefore, a building distribution model characterizing the physical environment in areas in Japan is presented. The analyses of the propagation estimation method are based on the "ray-tracing" model. The results from the proposed method are derived depending on elevation and azimuth angles. In order to validate our results, comparisons between the proposed method and our previous measurement are made for a typical semi-urban area in Japan. The comparisons show close agreement between the estimation results and the measurement results. Finally and interestingly, we present communication performance evaluations based on TCP/IP protocol by using the results achieved from our channel estimation with semi-analytical and simulation approach.