Satellite in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has a variable cascade of desert landscapes to get a grip on. Wide open spaces and narrow corners make this a very unique map that is hard to handle for some. Here's how I figured it out.
Key Locations in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Satellite Map
The titular Satellite itself provides some of the best cover on the map as it gives you a good view of the chaos ensuing in the distance. On the western side, it overlooks two paths on the left and two paths on the right. On the other side, you can get an overlook of the desert and one path on the right side. The left side gives you a glance at two pathways. This is a perfect spot for snipers as these routes are very popular. They tend to go down these narrow sections to avoid the large open desert to the south. Be cautious and use your headset to listen out for footsteps where the engine is located as you're completely open in that direction.
Just under the parachute is the Dune Wreckage, which provides an unorthodox use of cover from a tilted rock. This is a great way to snipe out enemies from a far off distance in the desert. It is also an excellent place to put a turret, as long as you have buddies covering behind you. If the enemies are coming from the east side, there is a pathway to the left that they'll often run across. Take out those fools with a handy assault rifle or sniper. If enemies are coming from the west, it's not that advantageous of a position as you're completely open from the big desert landscape. Crouch under the sandhill as that will provide you some cover as you take out opposing soldiers from both positions from the ammo boxes.
Another great spot is behind a yellow aircraft engine on the southern-most part of the map. The sand dunes give a great amount of cover, especially if you're crouched down. Just be wary of running into the restricted zone outside of the area. It will eliminate you if you fall outside the lines.
In the West Riverbed, there's a small rock that will provide you some essential cover as it's the main route of the map. Crouch down to the left side and shoot as you see pursuers down the line. It's slightly to the west of the parachute and directly above, you'll see a helicopter unscathed from the action below.
Recommended Loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Satellite Map
As this is a more open map than others in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, equipping the Paranoia perk is a must as you hear an alert whenever an enemy is aiming at you. You can also see the screen pulse in red if the enemy is outside of your view; for example, if you're at the satellite, you'll see a warning that someone is aiming at you from the right.
The Assassin perk shows enemies on your mini map, and this can give you the opportunity and see them and get prepared to snipe them down. The Ghost perk allows you to be unseen on the radar, so you can live out your perhaps power fantasy of becoming a sniper and be as uninterrupted as possible. The Cold Blooded perk also lets you be cold under thermal sights and AI controlled scorestreaks like the ever-annoying helicopter.
As for weapons, I'd recommend the Pelington 703, which is the most accurate version of this type of weapon in the game. I'd also check out the M16, a three burst tactical rifle that gives you an exceptional amount of accuracy; it also works as a powerful blindfire in case of short-range situations, especially if you equip 16.3" Rapid Fire barrel on it.
With all these tips in mind, you should become a more effective operative in this desert landscape from Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.