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Information, Communication, and Space Technology

Book Description

Many books have covered the rapidly evolving fields of information and communication technology (ICT) and space technology separately. However, no single book has ever focused on how the integration of these two areas is creating a stronger platform for various scientific advancements—including some research work that cannot be performed on Earth.

To fill the void, Information, Communication, and Space Technology provides a novel illustration of that connection. Dividing content into sections that cover ICT, existing and future space technologies, and satellites, the author demonstrates the individual and combined power of each of these parts of the overall system. He explores how the combination of concepts from each of these interrelated fields is creating massive potential for broader advances in areas such as robotics, communications, navigation, agriculture, health care, and nanotechnology. The book introduces particular potential innovations, including "rocket-less" spacecraft launches, and development of a global system to balance energy distribution by using satellites that would collect solar energy and transmit it via microwave beams to different locations around the world.

Equally useful to students and professionals, this work is a culmination of the domestic and international experience that the author has acquired throughout more than three decades as an instructor and researcher. Emphasizing the strong need to incorporate ICT and space technology into the general university curriculum, the book starts with basic explanations of key concepts and theories, building toward more concrete, application-oriented examples that reveal the importance and impact of new technologies. This includes coverage of how satellites transfer voice, video, and other data across continents, as well as techniques used to obtain very-high-resolution images from space for use in agricultural and environmental sciences.This timely work employs a logical, practically structured approach that will help readers to better understand existing and emerging ICT and space technologies, including the most recent developments and achievements in the field.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Half title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. 1 Introduction
  9. 2 Information and Communication Technology
    1. 2.1 Basic Definitions and Principles of Information and Communication Technology
    2. 2.2 ICT Applications
      1. 2.2.1 ICT and Education—e-Education
      2. 2.2.2 ICT and Government—e-Government
      3. 2.2.3 ICT and Health—e-Health
      4. 2.2.4 ICT and the Environment—e-Environment
      5. 2.2.5 ICT and Commerce—e-Commerce
      6. 2.2.6 ICT and Agriculture—e-Agriculture
      7. 2.2.7 Emerging Applications of ICT
        1. 2.2.7.1 Landline Connectivity
        2. 2.2.7.2 Wireless Connectivity
        3. 2.2.7.3 Smart Phones and Tablets
        4. 2.2.7.4 Future Technology
      8. 2.2.8 ICT Case Study
  10. 3 Space Technology
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Outer Space
      1. 3.2.1 Outer Space Laws
      2. 3.2.2 Outer Space Exploration
      3. 3.2.3 Outer Space Challenges Ahead
        1. 3.2.3.1 International Agreement on a Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities
        2. 3.2.3.2 Sustainability of Outer Space
        3. 3.2.3.3 Space Traffic Management
        4. 3.2.3.4 Space Security
    3. 3.3 Space within Reach
      1. 3.3.1 Space Shuttle Program
      2. 3.3.2 Buran—The Soviet Shuttle
      3. 3.3.3 The Mir Space Station
      4. 3.3.4 The International Space Station
      5. 3.3.5 Space Activities in Other Countries
        1. 3.3.5.1 Chinese Space Activities
        2. 3.3.5.2 European Space Activities
        3. 3.3.5.3 Japan’s Space Activities
  11. 4 Satellites
    1. 4.1 Introduction
      1. 4.1.1 The Benefits of Satellites
      2. 4.1.2 Satellite Orbits
      3. 4.1.3 Satellite Structure
      4. 4.1.4 Mission Analysis
      5. 4.1.5 Satellite Tool Kit
    2. 4.2 Application Satellites
      1. 4.2.1 Earth Resource Satellites
        1. 4.2.1.1 QuickBird
        2. 4.2.1.2 Ikonos
        3. 4.2.1.3 Landsat
        4. 4.2.1.4 Envisat
        5. 4.2.1.5 ERS
        6. 4.2.1.6 Indian Remote Sensing Satellite
        7. 4.2.1.7 Radarsat
        8. 4.2.1.8 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
        9. 4.2.1.9 Spin-2
        10. 4.2.1.10 SPOT
        11. 4.2.1.11 Russian Satellites
        12. 4.2.1.12 Issues and Remarks
      2. 4.2.2 Meteorological Satellites
      3. 4.2.3 Global Positioning Satellites
  12. 4.3 Scientific Satellites
    1. 4.3.1 Research Satellites
    2. 4.3.2 CubeSats
  13. 4.4 Communication Satellites
    1. 4.4.1 Fixed Satellite Service (FSS)
      1. 4.4.1.1 Very Small Aperture Terminal System (VSAT)
      2. 4.4.1.2 Broadband Access
      3. 4.4.1.3 Satellite Multicasting
      4. 4.4.1.4 Earth Station Design
    2. 4.4.2 Mobile Satellite Service (MSS)
    3. 4.4.3 Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS)
      1. 4.4.3.1 Orbital Spacings, EIRP, and Frequency Bands
  14. 5 Future Space Technologies
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 Space Technologies
    3. 5.3 Nonrocket Space Launch
    4. 5.4 Single Stage-to-Orbit
    5. 5.5 Solar Power Satellites
  15. 6 Information and Communication Technology and Space Technology