Low Altitude Space Communication System

Michiyoshi Namiki, Yukihiko Matsuzaka, Hideyuki Honda, Michihiko Toriumi, Eiji Kamioka, Yoshitaka Saito, Naoki Izutsu, Sigeo Ohta, Takamasa Yamagami, Nobuyuki Yajima, Haruto Hirosawa, Nobuhiko Ohya, Fukashi Takezawa, Kenji Yamaguchi

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We describe a new Low Altitude Space Communication System (LASCOS), which was completed in 1996 by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Japan. This system consists of a mobile balloon tracking and receiving station and networks which connect them to the Sanriku Balloon Center in Iwate Municipality and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in Kanagawa Municipality. This station and the SBC receiving station are connected via telephone lines, i. e. an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) or an analog communication network. Balloon trajectory monitoring, telecommand transmission operation and telemetry data acquisition can be done from any computer terminal through the LASCOS. LASCOS has built-in flexibility to adapt to a foreign balloon station. The number of individuals necessary to operate it minimum. LASCOS will be used for long range tracking and balloon expedition. We present the results of its first test with an actual balloon flight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1431-1434
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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