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The History of Wireless Technology and Recent Developments Towards Modern Transmitters

October 14, 2020 | BY: Paul Cook, Stephen Willis

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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.

The History of Wireless Technology and Recent Developments Towards 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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Author’s Biography

Paul Cook

Director of Missile Systems, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Paul Cook is the Director of Missile Systems at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. He has 37 years of extensive design and product line experience in Telemetry Systems. He has held both engineering and management positions in Design & Development, Embedded Encryption, RF Subsystems and Data Links, Engineering & Business Management, and Program Management. He has 34 years of experience in the Telemetry industry and 3 years in Information Assurance Type I CCEP certifications. Paul joined Teletronics in 2007 and in addition, worked in the Telemetry Industry for General Dynamics Corporation, Aydin Corporation, and L-3 Communications Corporation. Paul obtained a BS degree from The College of New Jersey and has various postgraduate courses towards a MBA and Program Management Certifications.

Author’s Biography

Stephen Willis

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Stephen Willis works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of Marketing Portfolio Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Philosophy for research in mathematical models and their market application for risk assessment and a PG Dip in marketing and management. His current research interests include data acquisition, recording and control systems and their applications in enabling a cost effective route to gathering large amounts of data. In particular, applications of interest include flight test, crash protected recording and structural/ usage monitoring programs. He is the author of several of academic papers and magazine articles.

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