P. I. Wells
Abstract: This report discusses the recent, current, and
planned activities in domestic satellite communications
in the United States. The present satellites in the
domestic satellite service are discussed and the
general technical characteristics are presented.
Several uses of earth stations operating in the
domestic satellite service are discussed, with
particular attention given to the effect the Federal
Communications Commission has had on the growth in
numbers of earth stations. In conjunction with small
earth stations, the impact of the antenna size and
preamplifier noise temperature on overall earth station
cost was studied.
A summary of current activities on the Federal
Communication Commission Docket No. 20271, the preparation
for the 1979 General World Administrative Radio
Conference is presented. Particular attention was
given to FIXED-SATELLITE and BROADCASTING-SATELLITE
service applications in the frequency bands between
2.5 GHz and 50 GHz.
Finally, tariff cost information for domestic
satellite and terrestrial telecommunications services
is presented. Telecommunication services tariffs on
file with the Federal Communications Commission were
used in this'report.
Keywords: satellite communications; domestic satellite communications; small earth stations; 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC); low noise amplifier (LNA)
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Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.
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