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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition by Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Mirabito

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6        Satellites: Operations and Applications

Satellite communication has become a part of everyday life. We make international telephone calls as easily as local calls down the block. We also see elections in England, tennis matches in France, and other international events with the same regularity as domestic affairs.

This capability to exchange information is made possible by satellites. For those of us who grew up before the space age, satellite-based communication is the culmination of a dream. It stretches back to an era when the term satellite was merely an idea conceived by a few inspired individuals. These pioneers included authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, who in 1945 fostered the idea of a worldwide satellite system. This idea has ...

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