Design and Use of an Early Communication Satellite System.

by L. D. Attaway, L. B. Early, Nathaniel E. Feldman, Edward E. Reinhart


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback128 pages $35.00 $28.00 20% Web Discount

An analysis of the value of available communication satellite techniques for establishing, in the near future, either low or medium capacity worldwide communication networks. The low-capacity net primarily would enable U.S. government agencies to communicate with a large number of foreign ground stations. The medium capacity net would provide communications for underdeveloped nations. The analysis shows that such networks could be established using current technology in satellites, launch vehicles, and ground station equipment. Cost comparisons with conventional communication methods show that the satellite nets would be attractive only for the longest over-water links. When more advanced satellites are available, they will be able to compete over shorter links.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

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.