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Satellite payload architectures for wideband communications systems

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3 Author(s)
Wang, C.C. ; Aerosp. Corp., El Segundo, CA, USA ; Nguyen, T.M. ; Goo, G.W.

Future communications satellites will employ broadband communications techniques. In order to provide for a planning of their development and conceptual design, various satellite payload architectures need to be investigated. Of particular interest, the architectures discussed in this paper include no-processing, partial-processing, and full-processing satellite payloads. Functional characteristics and features associated with each of these architectures are described in detail. Typical link budget calculations are presented for comparison. In addition, this paper presents a brief discussion on the issue of implementing the onboard channelization and switching circuitry, comparing the use of analog and digital components

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Military Communications Conference Proceedings, 1999. MILCOM 1999. IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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1999