Key Aspects and Technologies of Satellite Communications toward Multimedia Era

Fumio TAKAHATA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E80-B   No.1   pp.3-7
Publication Date: 1997/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Advances in Satellite Communications toward Multimedia Era)
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Keyword: 
multimedia satellite communications,  development objectives,  onboard processing,  networking,  

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Summary: 
Key aspects and technologies of future satellite communications are discussed toward multimedia era. Onboard processing called the switchboard in the sky and networking taking full advantage of features peculiar to satellite communications are pointed out as essential technologies to overcome a variety of big challenges for realizing future satellite communications. Several experimental and commercial systems are introduced as the first step toward multimedia era.