1. Introduction to Satellites and their Applications

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch1

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Introduction to Satellites and their Applications, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch1

Author Information

  1. Both of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660249

Online ISBN: 9780470711736



  • communication service;
  • Earth Observation Satellites;
  • geostationary orbit satellite;
  • hot air balloons;
  • satellite launch vehicles;
  • sounding rockets


This chapter briefly discusses the different stages of evolution of satellites and satellite launch vehicles, and deals the days of hot air balloons and sounding rockets of the late 1940s/early 1950s to the contemporary status in the beginning of the 21st century. The chapter describes how a geostationary orbit satellite would look static to an observer on Earth within the satellite's coverage, thus providing an uninterrupted communication service across the globe. Both smaller launch vehicles capable of launching satellites in low Earth orbits and giant sized launch vehicles that can deploy multiple satellites in geostationary transfer orbit have seen improvements in their design over the last four decades of their history. The technological advances in the field of satellites will be directed with an aim of reducing the cost and size of the satellites as well as improving the quality of the services provided.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

quality of service; satellite communication