Balloon Collector/Director SUNSUBSATCOM Concept.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An apparatus and method for broadcasting and optically transmitting data from an orbiting satellite employs an inflatable balloon-like envelope for receiving and collecting sunlight, a remotely driven modulator for impressing information by modulating received sunlight and another inflatable balloon-like envelope for redirecting the modulated sunlight to a designated area on earth. Sequential addressing of spot areas results in large areas broadcast. In addition to using freely available sunlight, the complexity and bulk of the sunlight and redirecting surfaces are greatly reduced to enable the launched deployment of a larger, and hence, more effective communication system. Author
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