Chapter 12. Scientific Satellites

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 30 NOV 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch12

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2006) Scientific Satellites, in Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch12

Author Information

  1. Laser Science and Technology Centre, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2006
  2. Published Print: 1 DEC 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470033357

Online ISBN: 9780470057902



  • scientific applications of satellites;
  • space-based versus ground-based scientific techniques;
  • payloads on board scientific satellites;
  • Hubble space telescope;
  • negative electron affinity detectors (NEADs);
  • space geodesy studies;
  • astronomical observations;
  • missions for studying planets of solar system


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Space-Based versus Ground-Based Scientific Techniques

  • Payloads on Board Scientific Satellites

  • Applications of Scientific Satellites – Study of Earth

  • Observation of the Earth's Environment

  • Astronomical Observations

  • Missions for Studying Planets of the Solar System

  • Missions beyond the Solar System

  • Other Fields of Investigation

  • Further Reading

  • Glossary