L.J. Pinson Auburn University/AI/U.S.A. Introdtrction The concept of health delivery by telecommunications satellite is not a new concept and it has been demonstrated to be feasible technlcally in numerous limited experiments Including the recent ATS-6 [Application Technology Satellite] experience  and current planned experiments for CTS (Communications technology satellite). A comparison of satellite and ground Communications costs [2J indicates that cohsiderable economic savings are to be expected by judiciously designing satellite links into an overall Communications System. The relative cost figures are more favorable when considering remote areas where extensive gound-based communication links do not already exist and when considering the expected improvements in satellite capability. For example a major cost for a communication System with many users is the ground Station cost. Sophisticated ground stations with l arge antenna required to detect Signals from early (low power-5 watt) satellite transponders cost typically in excess of a quarter million dollars. As a comparison, CTS with its high power-200 watt transponder allows the use of smaller and less expensive earth stations (typically 10-50 thousand dollars).  The potential market for satellite health, education and social Services is recognized by the United States government  and by potential users of
Biomedizinische Technik / Biomedical Engineering – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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