The Basics of Satellite Technology

  • Wilbur Pritchard


In the previous chapters, the basics of satellite communications from an overview perspective were covered. But how do communication satellites actually work and what do earth stations really do?; in particular, how is an end-to-end satellite link established and operated? That is the very question to be taken up here.


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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilbur Pritchard
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  1. 1.Direct Broadcast Satellite CorporationUSA
  2. 2.Satellite Systems EngineeringUK
  3. 3.Society of Satellite ProfessionalsUK

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