Trends in Communications Satellites

Trends in Communications Satellites

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editor: Denis J. Curtin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145792

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Trends in Communications Satellites offers a comprehensive look at trends and advances in satellite communications, including experimental ones such as NASA satellites and those jointly developed by France and Germany. The economic aspects of communications satellites are also examined. This book consists of 16 chapters and begins with a discussion on the fundamentals of electrical communications and their application to space communications, including spacecraft, earth stations, and orbit and wavelength utilization. The next section demonstrates how successful commercial satellite communications have become, citing the INTELSAT series of satellites. The forerunners of INTELSAT satellites are mentioned, and the major characteristics of all INTELSAT satellites are surveyed. One chapter is devoted to the rapidly growing use of communications satellites for various domestic systems, focusing on the systems developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company for Canada, Indonesia, and the United States. The next section considers the economics of communications satellite systems using the INTELSAT and COMSAT experience. The concluding section presents a compilation in tabular and graphical form of the physical characteristics of the satellites discussed in the text. This monograph will be a useful resource for satellite communications engineers as well as policymakers concerned with communications satellites and space exploration more generally.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Trends in Communications Satellites


    Principles and Evolution of Satellite Communications

    Commercial Communications Satellites

    In-orbit Operating Experience with the Intelsat Satellites

    Intelsat V Spacecraft Design

    Hughes Domestic Communications Satellite Systems

    RCA Satcom: An Example of Weight Optimized Satellite Design for Maximum Communications Capacity

    The MARISAT System

    Economic and Future Considerations

    Economics of Communications Satellite Systems-1976

    Future Trends in Communications Satellite Systems

    Experimental Satellites

    Applications Technology Satellite Program

    The Symphony Satellite System

    The Communications Technology Satellite Flight Performance

    CTS United States Experiments—a Progress Report

    The SIRIO Program

    The Orbital Test Satellite of ESA and Its Associated Test Program

    Japanese Broadcast Satellite

    Satellite Characteristics Summary


Product details

  • No. of pages: 347
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145792

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Denis J. Curtin

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