Satellite Manufacturers Key Terms / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Satellite manufacturers key terms are an important element of the business. No matter how you plan to use a satellite, they all have a ...

Satellite manufacturers key terms are an important element of the business. No matter how you plan to use a satellite, they all have a few things in common. First, satellites are in space. This may seem basic, but it's important to remember as you work with satellite manufacturers because research and development must initially occur before the satellite is launched. Second, satellites work across the globe. If you need to communicate with offices in multiple states, or even multiple continents, your satellite manufacturer can help you. Third, satellites send important information back to the proper location. It's important that you have the proper equipment so you can receive the information. Whether your goal is to create and launch a satellite to compete with cable companies nationwide or meet the needs of a large corporation, you need to know the key terms.

Geostationary satellites

Geostationary satellites are effective tools in civil, military and commercial space activities. They provide up-to-date information about weather, GPS and even military communications.

In-orbit technology demonstrations

Satellite manufacturers, like other manufacturers, must prove the technology works. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through in-orbit technology demonstrations.

Satellite News Gathering (SNG)

Satellite News Gathering (SNG) is what broadcasters use to beam news updates across the globe. News reports from foreign countries are easily sent back to the station's hub thanks to satellites and SNG.


LNB stands for low noise block. It's the device that sticks out from the satellite dish to convert a wide band of frequencies into the images that we see and hear. It's also referred to as an LNC, or low noise converter.


Antennas are frequently necessary for the satellite to obtain the best reception. Many different types of antennas are available, from collapsible antennas to polar-mounted antennas.


1080p is a type of high-definition resolution. If satellites offer 1080p resolution, it refers to a high-definition picture with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

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