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The Highlights of Satellite

At sea, on land, and in the air, satellite technology provides much-needed communication for high-speed Internet, mobile telephone usage, television channels, super stations, and much more. Global capacity translates into cost-effective and efficient connectivity needs. Where infrastructure is lacking or geographic terrain obstructs accessibility, satellite communications technology serves as the missing link. Communications networks rely entirely upon or can be supplemented by intelligent satellite technology. With access speeds almost ten times faster than telephone dial up modems, satellite's 513kbps download and 33kbps upload speeds provide exceptional connectivity. A dish is mounted to your property in an unobtrusive location and beams a signal to the satellite in earth's orbit. The returning signal provides the access necessary for your high-speed Internet and/or television connection.

History of Satellite Communications

In his 1945 article for Wireless World, Arthur C. Clark, an RAF Officer during World War II, was the first known person to propose the idea of satellite technology for broadcasting television programs around the world. That same year, Mr. Clark published the technical paper, "Extra-terrestial Relays", which outlined the principles of satellite communication technology as relating to geo-stationary orbits.

Over fifteen years later, commercial space technology became a reality with several satellites operating in space. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the Communications Satellite Act. The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium was created in 1964. In 1965, COMSAT (Communications Satellite Corporation) launched the Early Bird into stationary orbit for global satellite services.

Localized satellite communication systems were later developed and brought with them more affordable telephone access, voice services, satellite TV, and several earth stations operated by countries all over the globe. Satellite "super stations" and movie channels became a household favorite among Americans. Eventually, high-speed Internet access was introduced using satellite methods for customers in hard to reach geographic places. Satellite technology once again had proved its ongoing value for commercial, international, residential, and business purposes around the globe!

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Laser - From the acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation." A laser usually consists of a light-amplifying medium placed between two mirrors. Light not perfectly aligned with the mirrors escapes out the sides, but light perfectly aligned will be amplified. One mirror is made partially transpar-ent. The result is an amplified beam of light that emerges through the partially transparent mirror.

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