The Marisat telecommunications satellite will make available automatic high speed communications services to ships at sea. The two satellites, one over the Pacific Ocean, the the other over the Atlantic Ocean, will provide coverage over most major shipping routes. The shipboard terminal, will allow ships to pass voice, teletype, facsimile or data messages over the satellite circuit in a completely unattended automatic mode, at high speed and with high quality. On shore, the signals will be automatically processed or switched into shore management offices, again at high speed and high quality. It is anticipated that enough pre-operational design and evaluation work will be conducted through 1974 such that full commercial service, with tried and proven equipment and designs, will be available in January 1975. The availability of this new telecommunication service will provide new opportunities and facilities to control, automate or otherwise improve the efficiency of ships at sea.

  • 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, Papers 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:
    • King, D W
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00057080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Symposium Papers J
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1974 12:00AM