noun

  • A telecommunications link for signals coming to the earth from a satellite, spacecraft, or aircraft.

    • ‘Verizon claims 300-500 Kbps in the downlink, 50 Kbps in the uplink.’
    • ‘It takes pictures of the uplink signals and the downlink signals and then matches them.’
    • ‘Thousands more will view sessions via satellite downlink at 51 sites in 28 states and Canada.’
    • ‘The single command uplink and the image data downlinks are highly robust against hostile jamming.’
    • ‘The downlink is a 32-channel telemetry link providing radio and imagery for navigation and situation data.’
    • ‘The supercell - which has been applied effectively worldwide in point-to-multipoint systems - consists of 24 sectors, with each sector supporting a downlink and an uplink.’
    • ‘So you're saying that I and all the rest of your downlink sites were on the wrong satellite?’
    • ‘Per one of the HDTV tutorials I read online, DirecTV is compressing too many channel into their downlinks, and they are trading off quality with their standard broadcast material (though they still maintain pristine HD channels).’
    • ‘To determine a spacecraft's position in space, NASA generally uses a downlink, or radio signal from the spacecraft to a radio dish in the Deep Space Network of ground receivers.’
    • ‘Each of the slave nodes has an uplink transceiver and a downlink transceiver, with the downlink transceiver ordinarily isolated by switches from the common bus.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the downlinks are carried through a smaller number of large dish antennas and distributed terrestrially.’
    • ‘The signal is located 97 degrees west longitude with a downlink frequency of 12146.00 MHz.’
    • ‘What it does is make it so he can access any computer that has access to an internet line or satellite downlink.’
    • ‘The Partners in Flight project has particularly encouraged participation in the downlink from students in groups traditionally under-represented in science and mathematics fields.’
    • ‘Those breakthroughs alone would mean a virtually universally connected world (not necessarily ‘wired’ since wireless technology, including satellite downlinks, will play a much greater role).’
    • ‘The IRD is one type of receiver for modulated signals arriving on a satellite downlink.’
    • ‘Some experiments also have a video downlink and a telecommand uplink which allows the scientists to control vital experiment parameters in real time from the ground.’
    • ‘The pattern of zeros and ones in the digital readouts ensures that the user segment receivers synchronize only on a NAVSTAR satellite downlink and not on some other electronic signal.’
    • ‘Those commercial downlinks around the world that we buy are a great risk.’
    • ‘Founded in 1982, ERI develops and produces unique interference mitigation products to enhance the reception and use of Global Positioning System navigation and satellite downlinks by military and commercial customers.’

verb

[with object]
  • Relay to the earth (a telecommunications signal or the information it conveys)

    ‘any TV station can downlink just about any game’
    • ‘Even a single one can provide a mail-forwarding service, getting data from, say, a buoy in the middle of the Pacific on one orbit, and storing it until a later orbit when it can be downlinked.’
    • ‘In medium rate, all real-time science telemetry can be downlinked during station passes.’
    • ‘The information and video images are then downlinked to multiple users situated within the satellite's footprint, to be viewed on their televisions.’
    • ‘The standard procedure was to establish the aircraft in a hover, train the forward-looking-infrared radar to the contact, and downlink the picture via our HAWK or data link.’
    • ‘Reliably downlinking that amount of information will require a new approach, Mandl noted.’
    • ‘‘We are downlinking at 32 k-bits, and uplinking at 2 k-bits per second, exactly as expected,’ confirmed McNeill.’
    • ‘The videoconference will be downlinked live to 18 Cooperative Extension offices and also will be available live on ruralroutes.unl.edu from 8 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. CDT Monday, Oct.16.’
    • ‘Ground stations can downlink or uplink information collected on the other side of the globe nearly instantaneously.’
    • ‘The remote sensing campaigns generated large volumes of data at a time when, due to the rover's orientation, there was less bandwidth available for downlinking the data.’
    • ‘Once the data that Spirit collected from her examination of Peace was downlinked to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the MER science team discovered that this was a new class of water-impacted rock.’
    • ‘The multiple numbers of images are in the process of being downlinked.’
    • ‘The video will be downlinked from the external tank during flight to several NASA data-receiving sites and then relayed to the live television broadcast.’
    • ‘A couple of days alter, on the January 27, they attempted to downlink a lot of the science data products that had been in the flash memory.’
    • ‘The streaming IP digital data is uplinked from a transmission site to a satellite and downlinked to one or more remote Internet gateways via a communications path that is substantially separate from the Internet backbone.’
    • ‘‘Over the weekend, we downlinked some additional data and [that data] essentially confirmed our suspicions about why the first problem occurred,’ he said.’
    • ‘Each month's first edition is downlinked live to more than 20 sites across Nebraska, and each month's second edition is webcast live at marketjournal.unl.edu.’
    • ‘That feed is downlinked, at East and West Coast stations, and boosted back up to seven other satellites to cover the rest of the world.’
    • ‘They'd blown a fortune downlinking the relays to ground-level stations with omnidirectional antennae.’
    • ‘The July 12 Market Journal will be downlinked to 20 NU Cooperative Extension county offices from 8 to 9 p.m. CDT.’
    • ‘When a target of interest is located in the super-wide image, the fourth imager with a narrow-field-of-view can be downlinked to provide positive target identification.’

Pronunciation

downlink

/ˈdounliNGk/