SATCOM 47, a late 20th century communications satellite orbiting Earth
A display of a network of artificial satellites
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natural satellite, otherwise known as a moon.
artificial satellite was a man-made form of technology that is put in orbit around a planet. ( : " VOY ") They had countless applications, including defense, weather forecast, surveillance and communication, and were used by many cultures.
Future's End, Part II
Earth launched its first artificial satellite, Sputnik, in 1957. This milestone was monitored by a Vulcan team. ( : " ENT ")
T'Mir's statement that "It's hard to believe these people were capable of launching an artificial satellite" might suggest that species generally launch their first satellite later in their history.
1968, weather satellites were used.
By the late
20th century, the cryonics fad had resulted in cryonics satellites being put into Earth's orbit.
Tom Paris, by 1996 Earth had surveillance satellites in orbit. Satellite dishes were in use for communication with satellites. ( : " VOY ")
2024 one news services used satellite images to assess what was happening in Sanctuary District A during the Bell Riots. The images showed a number of potential casualties. ( : " DS9 ")
Past Tense, Part II
2154, Starfleet Operations operated a grid of satellites in Earth orbit, capable of picking up any transporter activity on the planet. ( : " ENT ")
2097, the Vulcan High Command put a surveillance satellite in orbit of Weytahn to monitor potential violations of the Treaty of 2097. ( : " ENT ")
2154, Vulcan had a network of security satellites in orbit, providing satellite surveillance. ( : " ENT ")
United Federation of Planets
By the second half of the
24th century, Earth relied on a network of Federation communications satellites for communications. ( : " DS9 ") Past Tense, Part I Navigational control satellites were also in use, one of which was in orbit of Saturn. ( : " TNG ")
The First Duty
2370, the Prytt Alliance became concerned that the Federation was helping the Kes to develop attack satellites, and claimed to have developed countermeasures. ( : " TNG ")
2372, the Federation had deployed a relay satellite on the Gamma Quadrant side of the Bajoran wormhole. ( : " DS9 ")
Other species Lazarus claimed to have survived the destruction of his civilization by being occupied with inspecting magnetic communications satellites when the destruction happened. ( : " TOS ")
The Alternative Factor
Xindi-Arboreal colony colony visited by in 2153 had no artificial satellites. ( : " ENT ")
Satellites were used to generate the dispersion field protecting parts of the
Torothan homeworld from orbital scans. ( : " ENT ")
2151 Valakis had many satellites in orbit. ( : " ENT ")
2153, the Azati Prime system featured a extremely sensitive security net, provided by a large array incorporating thousand of satellites. ( : " ENT ")
2267, the Eminian Union was using Tricobalt satellites in the Eminiar-Vendikar War. ( : " TOS ")
A Taste of Armageddon
Sometime before the destruction of the
Vaadwaur homeworld in the 1484, the Vaadwaur put a sentry satellite in geostationary orbit above one of their cities. ( : " VOY ")
Kohl planet devastated by solar flares in 2353 was in 2372 still orbited by several now-nonfunctional communications satellites. ( : " VOY ")
2366, the Romulans claimed to be doing archaeological research on Nelvana III, using a cloaked satellite. ( : " TNG ")
moon located in the Gamma Quadrant was orbited by a network of artificial satellites which attacked starships nearby and protected the imprisoned Ennis and Nol-Ennis. ( : " DS9 ")
2373, Taresia was defended by a high-density polaron grid, generated by a network of satellites. ( : " VOY ")
2376, the orbit of the Qomar homeworld was so filled with spaceships and satellites that entering it felt like navigating an obstacle course. ( : " VOY ")
List of artificial satellites
Surveillance and research
Communication and navigation
Satellites seem so common in the
Star Trek universe that their absence was an indicator that the planet did not harbor a warp-capable civilization (for example, in " ", " Strange New World ", or " Civilization "), or alternatively that a planet was only a minor outpost (for example in " Time and Again ").