MILITARY COMMUNICATION SATELLITES
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA EL SEGUNDO TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
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Earth-orbiting satellites are a flexible and rapid means of communications, and as such, are extremely valuable to the military. The paper discusses the Initial Defense Communication Satellite Program IDCSP. In IDSCP, several satellites are launched one at a time into a near synchronous equatorial orbit with a single launch. IDSCP has demonstrated the feasibility of point-to-point communication via satellite between semi-fixed ground terminals. It is the intent of the satellites to implement a world-wide military communication system. The paper describes additions to IDSCP which allow it to be used as a special-purpose satellite by the United Kingdom. A tactical communication satellite, which uses small, moving terminals, is also described.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Radio Communications