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    DescriptionDown to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, technological innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of the satellite industry. Satellite projects that have not received extensive coverage-microsatellites in China, WorldSpace in South Africa, SiriusXM, the failures of USA 193 and Cosmos 954, and Iridium-are explored. This collection takes readers on a voyage through a truly global industry, from the sites where satellites are launched to the corporate clean rooms where they are designed, and along the orbits and paths that satellites traverse. Combining a practical introduction to the mechanics of the satellite industry, a history of how its practices and technologies have evolved, and a sophisticated theoretical analysis of satellite cultures, Down to Earth opens up a new space for global media studies.

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    Down to Earth
    Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Lisa Parks, Edited by James Schwoch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 326
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813552743
    ISBN 10: 0813552745

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    LC classification: TK5104 .D686 2012
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Rutgers University Press
    Imprint name
    Rutgers University Press
    Publication date
    18 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Author Information
    LISA PARKS is a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of "Cultures in Orbit: ""Satellites and the Televisual "and coeditor of" Planet TV: A Global Television Reader." JAMES SCHWOCH is the senior associate dean for the School of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar, and a professor at Northwestern University. His research explores the nexus of global media, media history, international studies, and global security.
    Review quote
    "Philosophers have looked upward into the starry heavens and been filled with wonder and awe. "Down to Earth" reverses the gaze, revealing how satellites impinge on so many aspects of our lives. Read it before Skynet goes online."--James Der Derian"Brown University" (01/30/2012)