This paper examines the feasibility of providing maritime mobile telecommunications as a new service via satellites. A global system with a capacity of 10 duplex voice/data channels (plus an interrogation/reply channel) per satellite is described. The capability is achieved with a 0-db gain UHF antenna in the ship and a UHF phased array in the satellite, which produces 11 steerable beams, each with 30-db peak gain. The links between satellite and shore are assumed to be a SHF. A dedicated satellite weighs 320 kg, which can be launched with an up-rated Thor-Delta. The prime power requirement of 730 watts is provided by an oriented solar array.

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  • Authors:
    • Durrani, S H
  • Publication Date: 1973-7

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  • Accession Number: 00050992
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 20 1974 12:00AM