Types of satellites

Description

Understand the variety of satellites that exist and their different functions. Know the different types of satellites used for communications, streaming services, surveillance, and scientific research.

Alternative labels

purposes of different orbital satellites
functions of different orbital satellites
categories of satellites
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kinds of satellites
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classifications of satellites
classes of orbital satellites
purposes of different satellites

Skill type

knowledge

Skill reusability level

sector-specific

Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Types of satellites is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Satellite engineer: Satellite engineers develop, test and oversee the manufacture of satellite systems and satellite programmes. They may also develop software programs, collect and research data, and test the satellite systems. Satellite engineers can also develop systems to command and control satellites. They monitor satellites for issues and report on the behaviour of the satellite in orbit.
Astronaut: Astronauts are crew members commanding spacecrafts for operations beyond low Earth orbit or higher than the regular altitude reached by commercial flights. They orbit the Earth in order to perform operations such as scientific research and experiments, launching or release of satellites, and building of space stations.

Optional knowledge

Types of satellites is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Space science lecturer: Space science lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, space science, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants for the preparation of lectures and of exams, grading papers and leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their field of space science, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.
Cosmologist: Cosmologists focus on the study of the universe as a whole, which is made up by its origin, evolution and ultimate fate. They use tools and scientific instruments to observe and study other galaxies and astronomical objects such as stars, black holes, planets and other celestial bodies.

 


 

References

  1. Types of satellites – ESCO

 

Last updated on September 20, 2022

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