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Re: How do the Van Allen radiation belts affect communications in space?

Date: Mon Mar 19 13:47:00 2001
Posted By: Adams Douglas, Senior Developer
Area of science: Physics
ID: 982733266.Ph

The radiation in the belts don't directly affect communication. What they do affect is satellites traversing them. Without proper shielding, satellite electronics can be severely damaged by the charged particles and ionizing radiation. Communications satellites are usually high enough to avoid these problems but solar storms can intensify the belts and indirectly affect communications in that and other ways

Take a look at:http://www.oulu. fi/~spaceweb/textbook/radbelts.html for more information.

Adams Douglas
CVideo, Inc.

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