Satellites have become an accepted part of today’s technology. They are used for a variety of purposes from providing links for long distance telecommunications, to direct broadcast television and radio, gathering weather and geological information, as well as a host of other facilities. To reach where v/e are today has taken a tremendous amount of development and investment since the idea of communications satellites was first proposed by Arthur C. Clarke in an article in Wireless World in 1945. Since then the electronics to enable all the functions in the satellite to be performed has been developed along with the launch vehicles capable of putting these satellites, often as heavy as a ton, into space. Both of these elements of the ...

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