satellite frequency bandsFollowing are the frequency ranges used in satellite communications. See communications satellite, 5G frequency bands and optical bands.
L-band (390 MHz-1.55 GHz) GPS satellites, satellite phones, misc commsats, SETI outer space exploration S-band (1.55-5.2 GHz) weather satellites, XM/Sirius radio C-band (3-7 GHz) (first satellite band) misc GEO commsats, cable TV, cellular satellite TV (7-10 ft. steerable dishes) See C-band. X-band (8-12 GHz) misc commsats Ku-band (12-18 GHz) TV network satellite distribution, misc commsats, satellite TV (18" dishes) K-band (18-27 GHz) short-range applications due to high atmospheric attenuation Ka-band (26.5-40 GHz) misc commsats, radar, satphone backhaul V-band (40-75 GHz) high capacity, short range
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The band of electromagnetic radiation operating in the frequency range of 20 to 40 GHz, corresponding to a wavelength of 0.59 to 0.30 in (1.5–0.75 cm). Prior to 1962, K-band's operating frequencies ranged from 18 to 27 GHz, corresponding to a wavelength of 0.62 to 0.40 in (1.6–1.1 cm).
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