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A satellite signal will be a radio signal. And a radio signal in space travels at the speed of light.

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How long does it take a signal to reach a satellite in low Earth orbit?

From Earth to an orbiting satellite it takes approximately 200 to 299million M/S or slightly slower than the speed oflight. This varies on weather and atmospheric conditions. The signal is significantly faster, or closer to the speed of light (299792458 M/S), in the Vacuum of Outer Space.


What is the speed of satellite?

A satellite has to maintain 1800miles/hr. around the Earth. If its speed were to speed up the satellite would fly off in to space. If the satellites speed were to slow down it would come crashing into Earth.


How do you convert analog signal to digital in satellite transmission?

You sample the signal to get a number, base that number in binary, and store it. Do it often.


What is meant by a geostationary orbit and what is it used for?

A satellite in a geostationary orbit goes around the earth at the same angular speed that the earth spins on its axis. So to someone on the earth the satellite looks like its not moving because its always at the same location above the earth. These satellites are used for communication purposes. For example, TV stations can reflect their signal off of such a satellite by aiming their transmitter at it. They don't have to change their aim because the satellite is always there. Satellite dish receivers can easily pick up the reflected signal just by aiming the dish antenna at the satellite and again you don't have to change this aim because the satellite is always there. The satellites have to be in a circular orbit above the equator in order for it to be put in a geostationary orbit.


What is the speed of a satellite that moves in an eliptical orbit around the earth?

If a satellite is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth, the Earth will be at one of the focii. The speed of the satellite will then constantly be changing. It will move the fastest when it is nearest to the Earth (perigee) and slowest when it is furthest away (apogee).

Related questions

Why No signal from satellite?

There are many reasons why you may have no signal from your satellite. Your service could have been disconnected for example.


How long does it take a signal to reach a satellite in low Earth orbit?

From Earth to an orbiting satellite it takes approximately 200 to 299million M/S or slightly slower than the speed oflight. This varies on weather and atmospheric conditions. The signal is significantly faster, or closer to the speed of light (299792458 M/S), in the Vacuum of Outer Space.


What causes the sporadic loss of satellite signal?

The satellite signal uses microwave radiation and water absorbs microwaves. So when it rains or there are thick clouds the signal from the satellite gets absorbed and if enough is lost by this process your Dish Network receiver will lose signal


Why does satellite radio fade out?

The satellite signal can be blocked by various things.


What is satellite receiver?

A satellite receievr, is a tv receiver, which connects to the satellite anntena, than to your tv, and decodes the information coming from the satellite signal into video and audio signal, so you can watch tv channels.


What is the purpose of a satellite antenna?

A satellite antenna has one very important purpose. It is designed to allow a home to receive a satellite signal, which then allows users to receive a television signal.


What are telecommunication links?

In satellite communication, up link refers to the signal traveling up to the satellite while down link refers to the signal coming from the satellite down to earth.


How does gpss work?

It sends a signal directly to the satellite and the satellite pinpoints the location of it.


What is satellite footprint?

A satellite footprint refers to the area on Earth's surface where the satellite signal is received. It is the geographical coverage range of the satellite's signal transmission. The footprint size and shape depend on factors like satellite altitude, beam characteristics, and antenna design.


Does snow knock out satellites signal?

Snow can affect satellite signals, but it typically does not completely knock them out. Snow can cause signal degradation by absorbing or scattering the signal, leading to reduced signal quality. Satellite systems are designed to cope with various forms of interference, so they usually do not lose signal completely in snowy conditions.


How do satellites and TV signals work?

Satellite TV Providers transmits the signals through their satellite dish converting it first from digital signals to analog signals. These signals which were converted will be transmitted to the satellite. The satellite will then transmit the analog signals per request of the satellite dish connected to the receiver of the subscriber. Once signals are received, it will be converted back to digital signals which can be read by the receiver and be displayed to the television.


What describes a signal with a frequency of 20GHz in a satellite radio transmissions?

A downlink signal; a Ka Band signal