The History of Wireless Technology and Recent Developments Towards Modern TransmittersDownload PDF
Modern transmitters are capable of sending information over great distances in hostile environments with high levels of efficiency, ideal for applications like real-time telemetry from space launchers that quickly accelerate to thousands of miles an hour under severe mechanical, thermal, and even radioactive conditions. There is a long history of technological and commercial advancements that needed to happen to lead to today’s sophisticated and efficient transmitters.
This white paper looks at the early developments in electromagnetic theory and electronics (1800s to 1960s) and the modern era of electronics (1960s to present), and discusses the current technologies finding their way into modern transmitters.
Early History of Wireless Communication
The history of wireless communications started in the 19th century as the relationship between electricity and magnetism became clear through a proliferation of experiments and inventions. Such was of course only possible due to earlier groundbreaking work by figures such as Dr. William Gilbert and Robert Boyle, who made many important early discoveries regarding the new science of electricity. It was, however, in the 1800s where an acceleration in the understanding of electromagnetic theory and the development of electronics and communications technology led to today’s sophisticated transmission devices used in vehicles such as aircraft.
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