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RRY100 - Satellite communications
 
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPWPS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics
Department: 75 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Oral examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MPCOM COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)
MPWPS WIRELESS, PHOTONICS AND SPACE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Bitr professor  Rüdiger Haas


Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/1146673d-768c-4bbb-8346-a6caf44294b9


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic physics.

Aim

This course aims at providing the students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles when designing global satellite systems for communication purposes.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

* describe the fundamental principles of satellite communications
* discuss useful satellite orbits for various communication tasks
* discuss various antenna types useful in satellite communications
* describe radio wave signal propagation and disturbances
* describe signal to noise ratios in satellite communications
* calculate complete link budgets
* design complete satellite communications systems

Content

The course gives a general introduction to satellite communication systems and reviews world-wide communication systems. The satellite communication link is compared to other terrestrial links using radio techniques or transmission via optical fibers. Various multiple access techniques used i satellite communications such as frequency and time division multiple access (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA) will be studied. The focus of this course is on the design of a satellite communication system in terms of the power budget of the link. The areas to be studied in order to reach this goal are:
* microwave transmitters and receivers
* ground station and satellite antennas
* radio wave propagation in the atmosphere, including polarization and depolarization effects
* noise contribution from the receivers and the atmosphere
* requirements of signal to noise ratios for different modulation and coding techniques,
* satellite orbits
* international regulations which introduce constraints on the satellite link design.
Finally, present satellite communication systems are reviewed and possibilities for future systems are discussed.

Organisation

This course includes lectures and problem based learning. A major part of the course is based on active working groups studying relevant problems for the design of satellite communication links. Several homework exercise are to be handed in and lab exercise are to be performed.
FIELD TRIPS: Excursions to the Onsala Space Observatory (where several laborative tasks are carried out) and a company active in satellite communications

Literature

The lecture material will be made available. Additional useful books are:

 T. Pratt, C. W. Bostian, J. Allnutt: Satellite Communications, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 047137007X, 2003.
or
G. Maral, M. Bousquet: Satellite Communication Systems: Systems, Techniques and Technology, 4th edition, Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471496545, 2002.
or
E. Lutz, M. Werner, A. Jahn: Satellite Systems for Personal and Broadband Communications, Springer, ISBN 3-540-66840-3, 2000.

Examination

Passed home work and lab reports, individual written examination report and oral examination.


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