AffiliationHughes Aircraft Company
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Other TitlesTelemetry and Communications
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AbstractThe GOES satellites are multifunctional satellites whose primary function is to provide continuous measurements of the earth’s surface and atmosphere from two geostationary orbit locations: 75°W and 135°W. This objective is accomplished with the Visible infrared spin scan radiometer Atmospheric Sounder (VAS). The atmospheric sounder is a new feature which will add a third dimension to the photographs of the earth seen nightly by TV newscast viewers. The satellite also contains a Space Environment Monitor (SEM) which includes three instruments: a magnetometer, a solar X-ray sensor and an energetic particle sensor (EPS), which monitor solar flares and near earth space environment. The satellite contains a communications system which, in addition to transmitting VAS, SEM and housekeeping data to earth, provides relay capabilities for the stretched VAS and weather facsimile (WEFAX) data, as well as for the Data Collection Platform (DCP). A sketch of the satellite is given in Figure 1. The telemetry system encompasses two subsystems: RF communications and baseband assemblies. A general diagram of the telemetry system is shown in Figure 2. The telemetry system consists of two functional operations; real time telemetry data which is frequency modulated into IRIG 12 and IRIG B, and PCM data which is phase modulated. The baseband assemblies collect, format and modulate the data. The RF system sums the PCM and IRIG signals, phase modulates it onto both the CDA and STDN carriers, and transmits it to the ground stations. The following sections will describe in further detail the operation of the PCM and real time telemetry functions, and a description of the satellite RF communications system.
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