Accession Number : ADD010811

Title :   Balloon Collector/Director SUNSUBSATCOM Concept.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Mooradian,G C

Report Date : 19 Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : An apparatus and method for broadcasting and optically transmitting data from an orbiting satellite employs an inflatable balloon-like envelope for receiving and collecting sunlight, a remotely driven modulator for impressing information by modulating received sunlight and another inflatable balloon-like envelope for redirecting the modulated sunlight to a designated area on earth. Sequential addressing of spot areas results in large areas broadcast. In addition to using freely available sunlight, the complexity and bulk of the sunlight and redirecting surfaces are greatly reduced to enable the launched deployment of a larger, and hence, more effective communication system. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Optical communications, *Communication satellites, Space to surface, Air to underwater, Submarines, Sunlight, Light modulators, Reflectors, Balloons, Radio links

Subject Categories : Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE