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2nd Edition

Commercial Space Technologies and Applications: Communication, Remote Sensing, GPS, and Meteorological Satellites, Second Edition

ISBN 9780367656331
Published September 30, 2020 by CRC Press
344 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This new edition introduces and examines the space technologies that benefit our everyday lives. Each chapter now includes exercises and problems, and the content covers new satellites and emerging technologies. It explores the ever-improving quality of satellite systems and services, and also investigates ways to bring about higher resolution satellite imagery and lower satellite costs. The focus is on man-made satellites, which are becoming smaller, smarter, cheaper, and easier to launch, having a longer life span, and are less susceptible to interference. Furthermore, the book considers advances in several key technologies that affect the satellite industry.

  • Includes extensive study questions and exercises after each chapter.

  • Explains present commercial space technology and its future outlook.

  • Explores the many applications of space technologies and their impact on our lives, including real world examples.

  • Presents a future outlook on robotics, communications and navigation, and human health and nanotechnology.

  • Provides a clear understanding of space, space technologies, space applications, space security, space regulations, a space roadmap, and their impact on the lives of humans now and for generations to come.

Table of Contents

1. Overview 2. Commercial Space Technologies 3. Satellites 4. Future Space Technologies 5. Information, Communication, and Space Technologies

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Mohammad Razani received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. He has extensive experience in various fields of technologies spanning from satellite communications to microwave remote sensing and information technology. He has utilized his education in various related technologies within the last three decades. Such experience includes years of teaching and research positions in the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he is currently a Full Professor and Chairman of the Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department. He has presented papers in number of national, regional, and international conferences, published numerous journal papers, and has written several books—the last two are a book on Fundamentals of Satellite Communications in Farsi. His most recent book is on Information, Communication and Space Technology, which was published in February 2012 by CRC Press,

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The author provides a better understanding of the history of space, space exploration and space-related activities while explaining its various applications within three major categories: application satellites, scientific satellites, and communication satellites.

This revised book introduces what is on the horizon that the next generation could benefit from... the technologies that are dreams today that could come to fruition, thanks to satellite technologies.

Distributing energy across the globe through the use of satellites that collect solar energy and then transmit that energy via microwave beams to different locations on Earth that are energy-poor, or launching spacecraft into space without rockets, are among some of the innovative ideas that are introduced in this book to readers.

This book is intended for college students, undergraduates and graduate students, professionals in space-related industries, engineers and technologists in telecommunication organizations, educators at various levels of lower and higher educational institutions, and anyone who is eager and interested in space science and technologies and its applications.

-SatMagazine, May 2019.