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Space vehicles placed into geostationary orbit at an altitude of 22,000 mi to receive and broadcast long-distance signals in the form of radio waves.
telecommunication satellites Eutelsat transmission dish service module propulsion module solar array solar reflectors communication module transceiving dish Anik Intelsat

Eutelsat click to hear

Family of European satellites launched 20 years ago to transmit television, telephone and business communications signals.

transmission dish click to hear

Antenna allowing the satellite to broadcast radio waves to an Earth station.

service module click to hear

Section of the satellite housing the command and control systems.

propulsion module click to hear

Section of the satellite housing the rocket engine, which maintains the position and orientation of the satellite in its orbit.

solar array click to hear

Power supply device that converts solar energy into immediately usable electrical energy.

solar reflectors click to hear

Protective panels used to deflect the Sun’s rays and lower the heat reaching the satellite equipment so it will not be damaged.

communication module click to hear

Part of the satellite that receives and amplifies signals captured by the dish and then relays them to the transmission dish.

transceiving dish click to hear

Antenna allowing a satellite to capture radio waves emitted from Earth and to redirect them to ground stations.

Anik click to hear

Family of Canadian satellites. Anik A1, launched in 1972, was one of the first national telecommunication satellites.

Intelsat click to hear

First network of international telecommunication satellites; it was set up in 1965 to ensure exchanges of telephone and television signals from one end of the globe to the other.