Cover: Electromagnetic Properties and Communication Characteristics of PACSAT

Electromagnetic Properties and Communication Characteristics of PACSAT

Published 1982

by Edward Bedrosian

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback105 pages $30.00

Presents an analysis of various technical and system properties of a passive communication satellite concept known as PACSAT. The satellite is a linear array of scatterers oriented toward the center of the earth by the gravity-gradient force. The scatterers are assumed to consist of perfectly conducting spheres that are uniformly spaced. First the scattering cross section of the array is developed and the effects of flexure and near-field operation are considered. The array is then assumed to be in a circular equatorial orbit and various system and orbit parameters are calculated for users in a service area approximating the United States in shape. Finally, communication characteristics are investigated and power budgets presented for typical system configurations.

This report is part of the RAND report series. The report was a product of RAND from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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.

RAND 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.