MARK IV TERMINAL.
HUGHES AIRCRAFT CO EL SEGUNDO CALIF SPACE SYSTEMS DIV
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The success of the NASAHughes Syncom satellite program created interest regarding the feasibility of a fully operational system of synchronous satellites encircling the earth to provide instant communications 24 hours per day. Such a system was desirable for not only its inherent commercial capabilities, but also as a strategic communications network for military utilization. The U. S. Army SATCOM Agency at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey initiated a feasibility investigation. Because of the requirement for any communications satellite to transmit to and from ground stations, the most critical requirement was that of a small transportable station which could be utilized virtually at any spot on earth within the electronic visibility of Syncoms coverage, including the United States. A 10-foot reflector antenna system was constructed and successfully demonstrated its terminal capabilities.
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