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The Satellite’s Technical Renaissance

The Satellite’s Technical Renaissance

No sooner did humanity invent the satellite dish, but it became something that captured our imagination. The idea of waves traveling from space to a receiver on the ground has provided us with cheesy horror movies, conspiracy theories, and a lot of great television programming. Luckily, innovations accompanied our flights of fancy. Today, both the satellite and the dish or receiver that communicates with it are major drivers of communication and commerce around the world.

Television

Satellites first became relevant in the popular culture as a way of broadcasting television. The process of actually installing the dish hasn’t changed much in twenty years, but the receivers certainly have. From HD television to TiVo to On Demand, people expect a lot more from their satellite cable provider today than they used to.

For a technician that means understanding more than just how to reset the receiver. There are thousands of satellites in orbit, but only three or four for each television provider. Technicians need to know where to point the dish, how to angle it, and use specialized equipment to measure the strength of the signal and ensure maximum service.

Internet

While satellite television maintenance can be taught with relative ease, satellite internet is a completely different animal. Installing those dishes is a delicate process, and the slightest misstep can cause you to have to start over completely. The dish picks up signal using two tubes inside its shell, and if those tubes come into contact, it causes serious problems.

Internet providers like HughesNet and Wild Blue offer certifications in satellite internet installation which bring any tech up to speed, though it’s not a quick learning curve. When Diverse Net looks for satellite technicians, those certifications let us know a tech is qualified to handle satellite internet deployments and troubleshooting that might be too challenging for others.

Research and Electricity

Today’s students and hobbyists are able to design and launch their own small satellites into the lower atmosphere for a surprisingly low cost, as little as $3000. As satellites become something everyone can use for their own personal study of Earth, the technicians to keep them working (or shut them down) will be critical. Other conversations about the future of satellites  have included installing solar panels on them to generate energy, which would be beamed down to Earth by microwaves or lasers.

Clearly, satellites will be important to the future of humanity—for entertainment, for communication, for defense, and even perhaps for generating electricity. Companies who deal in the engineering, manufacture, and deployment of these technologies need expert they can rely on. DiverseNet exists to find those excellent technicians and bring them to the companies which need them. If you’re a satellite retailer or provider in need of deployment staff, contact us today

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