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

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7        Satellites: New Developments, Launch Vehicles, and Space Law

The previous chapter covered satellite fundamentals. These ranged from basic operations to communications applications. This chapter focuses on complementary topics including future technologies and launch vehicles. The latter is critical. Without cost-effective launch vehicles, new satellites may never literally leave the ground. We conclude with a quick look at relevant space law and a history of the U. S. space initiative.

FUTURE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY

The plans for the next generation of communications satellite have been drafted. The spacecraft will improve on current designs and could carry sophisticated on-board switching and processing equipment. These intelligent satellites ...

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