Satellite Communication System Design

EC ENGR X 422.19

A practical, applications-oriented course providing a rigorous background in satellite communications principles and theory, and discusses current, future, and pioneering communication satellites.

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What you can learn.

  • Contribute to the design of satellite communication systems
  • Perform basic satellite uplink and downlink link budgets, as well as noise temperature, noise figure, system temperature, Carrier to Noise ratio, and Eb/No calculations
  • Interpret trade-off studies on satellite transmitters, receivers, antennas, and signal processing equipment
  • Improve technical writing and analysis skills in satellite communications
  • Use tools such as MatLab and Excel to solve analysis problems in satellite communication system design
  • Account for the technical mechanisms and effects in propagation of satellite communications through the atmosphere, rain and other mediums

About this course:

The satellite communications field offers exciting technical and business opportunities. This practical, applications-oriented course provides a rigorous background in satellite communications principles and theory, and discusses current, future, and pioneering communication satellites, including L-band, C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band systems. This course explores the use of satellites for TV, telephone, data transmission, and Internet access. Topics include antenna farms and trade-offs of phased array versus MBA and other approaches; link calculations; IMs; PIMs; modulation techniques; earth terminal design; packet switching networks for satellites; and on-board processing versus transponder designs. Instruction covers communication hardware design/testing for low-noise amplifiers, mixers, filters, multiplexers, DSP equipment, frequency synthesizers, solid-state amplifiers, tubes, etc. The course also covers such concepts as EIRP, G/T, and noise figure, and describes tradeoffs of satellite versus fiber-optic and other communication links. Instruction examines the marketplace and ITU/FCC regulations.

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