Trends in Communications Satellites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080232256, 9781483145792

Trends in Communications Satellites

1st Edition

Editors: Denis J. Curtin
eBook ISBN: 9781483145792
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 5th February 1979
Page Count: 347
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Description

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

Background

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

Index

Details

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

About the Editor

Denis J. Curtin