Satellite Communications System.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent describes a ground-air communications system that includes ground station processors, aircraft, and satellite borne repeaters. Satellite weight and power economies are achieved by scanning with repeater antennas. The preferred embodiment uses a phased array antenna having its antenna elements and amplifiers disposed in the satellite borne repeater and its phase shifting and modulating components disposed in the ground station processor. Phase shifted modulated carrier waves are translated in frequency prior to transmission from the ground station processor and are retranslated to their original frequencies by the repeater. Means are provided to lock transmitted and received carrier waves in phase and frequency.
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