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The storage capacity requirement of a burst-type communications system is analyzed. Two main categories of storage devices, which correspond to the magnetic tape and magnetic core type units currently in use on burst circuits, are considered. Storage units used in the present Stanford Research Institute meteor-burst system are analyzed to determine the loss in over-all systems efficiency imposed by limited capacity of these devices. The equations developed provide a convenient method of assessing the storage requirements of any burst system provided certain of its measured parameters are available.