This report comprises a discussion of problems and requirements of instrumentation for communication between ground stations and a man-made satellite on an orbit above the earth's equator. Means for obtaining position-yielding observations of the satellite are also discussed and recommendations made. The problems of observation and communication during the launching operation differ considerably from those encountered after the orbit is established. The report begins with a survey of the pertinent information about the construction and launching of a satellite as found in the other satellite reports (see references). In particular, space, weight, and available power limitations in the satellite are stated. An appendix discusses the use of radioactive isotopes for cathode heating in the satellite.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation RAND Analysis series. The RA series was a product of Project RAND at Douglas Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1947 that conveyed scientific analysis to the sponsor.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.