Re: Research satellite vs. Operational satellite

Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 23:13:51 PDT

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    Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > I came across this paragragh today from a NASA news release:
    >  While Terra is
    > >a research satellite, not an operational satellite,
    > Do you catch that?  "...research satellite, not an operational
    > satellite..."  Would I be correct in assuming that a research satellite
    > is a passive satelllite, just automatically collecting data through its
    > instruments, while an operational satellite is one that not only collects
    > data, but has the "brains" to change its methods?
    I take that to mean that a research sat is testing methods of
    gathering information. An operational sat takes those results and
    uses the chosen methods to carry out its functions.
    Jay Respler
       Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
               Freehold, New Jersey
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