Accession Number : ADA956426

Title :   Communication Satellites 1958 to 1982.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA ENGINEERING GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Martin, Donald H.

Report Date : 10 SEP 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 445

Abstract : This report provides a description of each type of communication satellite that has been launched or will be launched by 1982. The development, purpose, and basic characteristics of each type of satellite are discussed, a picture of the satellite and a block diagram of its communication subsystem are presented, and various technical details and significant dates are tabulated. In addition to basic satellite properties such as size, weight, design life, and orbit, the descriptions include communications parameters such as operating frequencies and channelization; transmitter power; receiver noise figure; and antenna sizes, beamwidths, and gains. In selected cases, the satellite description is supplemented with information on system operations and ground terminals. Extensive references to the open literature, upon which the descriptions are based, and a bibliography are included in the report.

Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATION SATELLITES, HISTORY, LAUNCHING, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY, DOMESTIC, MILITARY SATELLITES, COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE