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9.4 Information systems 4. Geostationary satellites

Syllabus reference (October 2002 version)

4. Geostationary satellites relay and transmit information from the other side of the world 

Students learn to:


Extract from Senior Science Stage 6 Syllabus (Amended October 2002).  Board of Studies, NSW.

[Edit: 1 June 10]

Prior learning: Science Stages 4–5 syllabus, Outcome 4.6 (content 4.6.10: gravitational force).

gather, process and analyse information from secondary sources to identify the satellites used for ‘live’ telecast from other regions of the world to Australia and vice versa and to present reasons why communication satellites have different aerials and positional orbits

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explain why an Earth-based satellite dish must always face the geostationary satellite communicating with it

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explain why the satellite must be at a height where its revolution period is the same as that of the Earth’s period of rotation

An activity: Why do satellites stay in orbit? (external website)
Gulf of Maine Aquarium, USA

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