Accession Number : ADP003413

Title :   Rebuttal to Floating a Satellite on Microwaves,


Personal Author(s) : Shnitkin,H.

Report Date : MAR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Earlier this year, the author came across an interesting article appearing in the Electronic Engineering Times entitled: Floating a Satellite on Microwaves Advanced by Stanford Research. That article discusses a scheme of floating a passive microwave reflector about 100 miles above the surface of the earth by means of microwaves radiated from the ground. The reflector is to bounce microwave signals between two points, 1000 miles apart, for communication purposes. The satellites is claimed to measure about 30 feet in diameter, weigh less than one-tenth of a gram, and operate between 500 KHz and 10 GHz. This proposed space mirror, which is hoped to become a low-cost alternative to the complex communications satellites now orbited, has been examined in greater detail, resulting in a number of technical disagreements between the author and the proponents of the space mirror. The body of this paper is a rebuttal of the technical claims for the performance of the space mirror made in the referenced article. Counter arguments are presented in the areas of transmitted power, radiation hazard, structural stability tolerance, and skin depth. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Mirrors, *Space systems, *Reflectors, Microwaves, Signals, Communication satellites

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