A Proposal on Satellite Hitchhiker Payload for Pan-Pacific Information Network

Takashi IIDA  Naoto KADOWAKI  Hisashi MORIKAWA  Kimio KONDO  Ryutaro SUZUKI  Yoshiaki NEMOTO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E76-B   No.5   pp.457-465
Publication Date: 1993/05/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: REVIEW PAPER
satellite communication,  pacific,  network,  hitchhiker payload,  

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A non-profit satellite communication network is desired to be configured by using low cost earth stations in the field of education, research and health in the Pacific region. This paper proposes the following concept as one of the tools to realize such a network: (a) A hitchhiker transponder dedicated to the network, and (b) The volunteer group prepares earth stations. A preliminary system design shows that the S band hitchhiker payload is most appropriate and has the weight of about 3kg. The feasibility of manufacturing earth stations by a volunteer group is examined through the experiment using ETS-V satellite. The parameters of the hitchhiker payload are re-examined on the basis of the experience of the experiment.