Satellite Basics

  • Richard SchmudeJr.
Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)


The former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) launched the first artificial satellite on October 4, 1957. In order to launch this object, Soviet engineers had to overcome several obstacles including gravity, the proper functioning of the rocket, air resistance, tracking and insertion of the satellite into orbit. Since 1957, several nations have launched satellites. These instruments are used for a wide variety of applications that include space studies, communication, military, agriculture, weather observation and land/ocean studies. The first three chapters describe the different spacecraft observing both Earth and bodies beyond Earth. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 describes how one may observe, image and study satellites.


Orbital Period International Space Station Solar Panel Specular Reflection Solar System Body 
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  • Richard SchmudeJr.
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  1. 1.BarnesvilleUSA

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