This paper discusses the pre-design studies of a commercial satellite communications system relating to present and future generation satellites, terminal specifications and features, safety and distress capability, position fixing and worldwide service problems. Trade-off studies leading to maximum reliability consistent with cost and operation are covered in some detail. These studies have resulted in the design and prototyping of a unique shipboard terminal to be manufactured in 1974 for use with the MARISAT and succeeding satellites. The specifications, features, operation, and installation problems of this terminal are fully discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the RTCM Assembly Meeting, St. Petersburg, Fla., April 1-3, 1974, with the Propeller Club of the United States. Vol. 1, Papes A-F, Maritime Electronics. Vol. 2, Papers G-N, Maritime Satellite Systems and Maritime Navigation. Vol. 3, Papers O-T, Maritime Telecommunication Trends. Vol. 4, Papers 0A-0I, Maritime Transponders and Collision Avoidance Systems. Sold as a complete 4 volume set for $15.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    /Federal Communications Commission
    Washington, DC  United States  20554
  • Authors:
    • Kelly, T J
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00057078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Symposium Papers H
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1974 12:00AM