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Low-cost information distribution - New directions for technology developmentsThe use of space satellites for data storage and retrieval is discussed with respect to short-term (1978-1985) and long-term (1985-2000) developments. The present structure, where access to satellite-transmitted data is controlled largely by the Federal Government for its own use, will be gradually replaced by a continually expanding user-community with a broadening scope of needs. Technological improvements in satellite-communication and data-processing will drive down the cost of both transmitting and receiving hardware, making such hardware available to more and more people. By the closing years of the century, personal, direct satellite communication should be available to every American household, providing video, printed, and archivable data over a wide range of subjects, from bank statements to medical records.
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Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Catoe, C. E.
(NASA Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology Washington, D.C., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1978
Publication Information
Publication: Astronautics and Aeronautics
Volume: 16
Subject Category
Documentation And Information Science
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