Chapter 13. Military Satellites

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 30 NOV 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch13

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2006) Military Satellites, in Satellite Technology: Principles and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470057902.ch13

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



  • Military satellites as ‘Force Multipliers’;
  • military communication satellite system;
  • Defence Satellite Communication System (DSCS);
  • Wideband Gapfiller satellite;
  • frequency spectrum;
  • Signal intelligence or SIGINT satellites;
  • Early warning (EW) satellites in USA's Missile Defence Program;
  • military weather forecasting satellites


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Military Satellites – An Overview

  • Satellite Military Communication

  • Development of Military Satellite Communication Systems

  • Frequency Spectrum Utilized by Space Systems

  • Dual-use Military Satellite Communication Systems

  • Reconnaisance Satellites

  • SIGINT Satellites

  • Early Warning Satellites

  • Nuclear Explosion Satellites

  • Military Weather Forecasting Satellites

  • Military Navigation Satellites

  • Further Reading

  • Glossary