Path Attenuation due to Orbital and Latitude Elevation
The atmosphere attenuates microwaves. This graph is from FCC bulletin 70, Millimeter Wave Propagation: Spectrum Management Implications , July 1997. 
The effective depth of the atmosphere ( Sea level pressure divided by sea level density and gravity ) is 8.5km, and microwaves arriving from space at an elevation angle of E travel through 8.5 / cos(E) kilometers of atmosphere. The attenuation trends upwards with frequency, with absorption peaks at frequencies where oxygen or water molecules resonate. The attenuation at 70GHz is 0.79dB/km, so the attenuation is 6.32 dB / cos(E), a factor of 4.29 at zenith (E = 90°) and 17.8 at 30° elevation.
Mountainous regions will have blocked visibility near the horizon, so fewer arrays will be in view. Higher altitudes mean lower attenuation; Kathmandu 28° N and 1400 meter altitude has 85% of sea level air density, so the attenuation is less than the above example, 5.37 dB / cos(E). For zero azimuth, E is 32 degrees, so the attenuation is 6.33 dB, the same as zero altitude on the equator.
Path attenuation versus latitude, zero azimuth


relative 
path length 
latitude 
elevation 
attenuation 
(km) 
0 
90.00 
1.00 
6418 
5 
80.07 
1.04 
6466 
10 
70.36 
1.16 
6608 
15 
61.04 
1.40 
6837 
20 
52.24 
1.82 
7143 
25 
44.00 
2.60 
7514 
30 
36.34 
4.16 
7939 
35 
29.23 
7.88 
8406 
40 
22.62 
19.75 
8906 
45 
16.46 
85.59 
9430 
50 
10.69 
1436.42 
9970 
Find thinsat density versus elevation
Note  At 170 GHz, that looks like 26dB/km. Through 7 equivalent kilometers of troposphere, that is about 180 dB attenuation at zenith. The stratosphere is dry and thin, so receivers at that height will absorb essentially all energy broadcast from space.
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