Re: Research satellite vs. Operational satellite

From: Bruno Tilgner (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 11:49:38 PDT

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    Ray Respler wrote:
    >I take that to mean that a research sat is testing methods of
    >gathering information. An operational sat takes those results and
    >uses the chosen methods to carry out its functions.
    Thats' exactly it. Replace "research" by "pre-operational" and
    you get the idea. This is common practice with all space agencies.
    "Research" is an unfortunate choice of words in this context.
    Bruno Tilgner
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