passive communications satellite

passive communications satellite

[′pas·iv kə‚myü·nə′kā·shənz ‚sad·əl‚īt]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite that reflects communications signals between stations, without providing amplification; an example is the Echo satellite. Also known as passive satellite.
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Our first successful launch was Echo 1A, a passive communications satellite launched on Aug.
The Bell System's important role in satellite communications experimentation began on August 12, 1960 when a Thor-Delta missile launched Echo I, the world's first passive communications Satellite .
This was the first passive communications satellite, a 100-foot Mylar balloon that simply bounced signals back to earth.

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