Radio Astronomy - power received

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Homework Statement


Compare this to the power received on the ground from a geostationary satellite with a 1 W transmitter and with a transmission footprint of 1000 square km across (assume uniform power in footprint).


The Attempt at a Solution


I don't know where to start on this one pretty much. I mean I know that it is transmitting 1 W of power and that the intersection of this beam with the Earth's surface is 1000 square km, but I just don't know how I would go about determining the total power collected. There must be something that I'm missing because from the amount of marks allocated for this question you wouldn't receive 1 W of power. Any hints on what to do would be greatly appreciated.

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Compare WHAT with the power recieved from a 1W transmitter? I think you truncated the question.
 
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Yeah I did truncate the question, but it's not the comparing part that I'm concerned with. I'm just wanting to get a push in the right direction as to how I would calculate the power received by the satellite.

But maybe the first part really does have something to do with it. The first part was this:

Estimate the total energy collected by a radio telescope since 1950 assuming that the sky emits a uniform flux density of 1 Jy.

So for that part I had to assume the area of the telescope and assume the bandwidth that was used too.
 
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Then I think you want to compare that with the energy it would receive from said satellite. The question as stated doesn't give, or give you a way to guess the area of the antenna.
 

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