Re: Research satellite vs. Operational satellite

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 13:32:42 PDT

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    > If the object is to have an instrument to measure X (in this case,
    > X= cloud movements and winds at certain altitudes) and the current
    > state of the art does not have a solution for X, then you run a few
    > experiments, including perhaps a research satellite. (that satellite
    > might have instruments to observe and measure a, b, c, d, e and f) 
    > Once you know that it is possible to measure and record X using
    > procedures a, b and e, or perhaps your experiment leads you to want
    > to measure g.  So, given all you learned from the research
    > satellite, you design and deploy your operational satellite.
    > You wouldn't want to fly tourists from Paris to New York at
    > supersonic speeds using the X-1.  THAT was a research aircraft.  The
    > SST is an operational aircraft.
    So, basically, a research satellite is more or less an "experimental
    satellite" ?  Like it's primary mission is to conduct research on itself
    (does it work the way it was designed and engineered to do) ?
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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