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Air Force plans satellite experiments

Jan. 2, 2014 - 02:39PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Air Force is launching a program called the AW/V-band Satellite Communications Experiment program to examine the ways in which the atmosphere affects radio signals, according to the announcement by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate.

In technical terms, the program’s purpose is to “statistically characterize channel propagation effects in the V (71 - 76 GHz) and W (81 - 86 GHz) frequency bandwidths of the electromagnetic spectrum," according to the AFRL. "Channel propagation effects can include, for example, signals attenuation, phase dispersion, and depolarization."

The results of the experiments will provide information that will help design future military satellite communication architectures.

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