Over the past 40 years, satellites have played a key role in creating a global culture, spreading worldwide entertainment, stimulating technological interchange, and promoting trade around the world. Communications Satellites: Global Change Agents addresses communications satellites not only in terms of the technology and the services they provide, but also with consideration of the technology's impact in socio-political, security, economic, policy, news, entertainment, and cultural spheres.
Editors Joseph N. Pelton, Robert J. Oslund, and Peter Marshall bring together contributions that place satellites into a broad context and examine how they influence and define today's world. Written in a non-technical, reader-friendly style, chapters investigate how satellite communications work and explore the role of satellites in such arenas as:
*news and entertainment systems around the world;
*Internet, E-business, and the new global economy;
*global television and radio channels;
*military operations; and
*education, health services, economic development, and electronic immigration.
Communications Satellites: Global Change Agents examines what satellites have been and projects how they will evolve in the future, articulating what they mean to the world today and forecasting what they will mean tomorrow. As the definitive source on communications satellites and their role in today's world, this volume serves as a valuable, unique, and timely resource for scholars and students in telecommunications, communication and technology, mass communication and society, and broadcasting.
Contents: Foreword. Preface. Part I: Introduction. J.N. Pelton, Satellites as Worldwide Change Agents. Part II: Technology. L. Ippolito, J.N. Pelton, Satellite Technology: The Evolution of Satellite Systems and Fixed Satellite Services. D.K. Sachdev, D.W. Swearingen, The "New" Satellite Services: Broadcast, Mobile, and Broadband Internet Satellite Systems. E.J. Novotny, Launch Vehicles and Their Role. Part III: History and Politics. R.J. Oslund, The Geopolitics and Institutions of Satellite Communications. R.J. Oslund, Regulating Communications Satellites on the Way to Globalism. R.J. Oslund, Dual Use Challenge and Response: Commercial and Military Uses of Space Communications. Part IV: Business, Media, and Economics. I.B. Singh, R.N. Sachdev, Satellites, Internet, and IP Networking. N.C. Lerner, Benefits of Satellite Telecommunications. P. Marshall, R.N. Wold, The World of Satellite TV: News, the Olympics, and Global Entertainment. Part V: Impact on Society. J.N. Pelton, New Opportunities and Threats for 21st-Century Life. J.N. Pelton, Satellites and the Promise of Teleeducation and Telehealth. H. Mowlana, Satellites and Global Diversity. Part VI: Future Trends. J.N. Pelton, T. Iida, N. Kadowaki, The Future of Satellite Communications Systems. Part VII: Synthesis and Conclusions. J.N. Pelton, R.J. Oslund, Trends for the Future: Telepower Opportunities and Teleshock Concerns.