Communication Satellites


Countries send communications satellites into space for the purpose of telecommunications — both corporate and military. RAND research was at the forefront of examining the technology behind satellite communication during its early development.

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    A Safe Way to Implement a Database of Satellite Anomalies

    Jun 2, 2014

    Satellite anomalies are malfunctions caused by solar particles, cosmic rays, or even space debris. A shared database could help identify solutions to prolong the lifetime of spacecraft that experience problems, and could be implemented in a way that would protect the privacy of the satellite operators.

  • Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province


    Satellites for Rent

    Nov 7, 2013

    Reports earlier this year that the U.S. Department of Defense leased a Chinese satellite to support military operations in Africa sparked concern that the arrangement could compromise control over U.S. military communications, or, worse, allow Chinese intelligence gatherers access to privileged military data.

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