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Satellite Internet transmits digital information through networks of communication satellites and earth stations. Similar to broadcasting distribution, these systems provide a large geographic footprint, with connections possible without direct physical infrastructure. For these reasons, satellite systems are often used to connect remote locations with small and/or dispersed user populations (Figure 1). Satellite Internet is also used in areas where terrestrial infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, such as in military zones or in places where disasters struck, such as earthquakes. It is useful for applications that require large connection areas, such as data transfer for scientific data collection, weather monitoring, and mapping. Finally, satellite Internet systems support connections to roaming access points, such as those on moving vessels, such as airplanes and ships.

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