minitrack


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minitrack

[′min·ē‚trak]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite tracking system consisting of a field of separate antennas and associated receiving equipment interconnected so as to form interferometers which track a transmitting beacon in the payload itself.
(electronics)
A subminiature radio transmitter capable of sending data over 4000 miles (6500 kilometers) on extremely low power.
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Easton solved this problem by extending MINITRACK to actively follow unknown satellites orbiting Earth.
1) The Minitrack system, a worldwide network of radio-receiving stations operated by the Naval Observatory in Washington, was primarily intended to receive and record scientific information from US satellites and not 'track' satellites in the usual sense of the word.
This was a French version of the United States MINITRACK interferometer setup to track transmitting satellites (only American at this time).
These had 40 inch focal length f/5 cameras, using 8 x 10 inch photographic plates with a field of view of 11 x 14 degrees and were used to calibrate the radio MINITRACK satellite system.