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ERR061 - Satellites in communications and navigation
 
Owner: EMAST
4,0 Credits (ECTS 6)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 0741 - Radio and space science


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0101 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c   Contact examiner

In programs

EMAST MSc PROGR. IN DIGITAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY, Year 1 (elective)
TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
RAMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN RADIO ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE, Year 1 (compulsory)
TITEA INFORMATION ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
COMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN HARDWARE FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Year 1 (elective)
TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Communications System, Year 4 (elective)
TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
TELTA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)

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Aim

The goal is to understand the fundamental principles when designing global satellite systems for communication and navigation using radio waves.

Content

The course gives a general introduction to satellite communication and navigation systems. World-wide communication systems are reviewed. The satellite communication link is compared to other terrestrial links using radio techniques or transmission via optical fibers. Multiple access techniques such as frequency and time division multiple access (FDMA and TDMA) will be studied.
One goal of the course is to understand 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, the noise contribution from the receivers and the atmosphere, requirements of signal to noise ratios for different modulation and coding techniques, satellite orbits, and international regulations which introduce constraints on the satellite link design.
Finally, present satellite communication systems are reviewed and possibilities for future systems are discussed.
Also present day and planned satellite navigation systems are presented and their basic principles and their applications are reviewed.

Organisation

A major part of the course is based on active working groups studying relevant problems for the design of satellite communication links.
FIELD TRIPS: Excursions to the Onsala Space Observatory (where several laborative tasks are carried out) and the Saab-Ericsson Space company.

Literature

T. Pratt, C. W. Bostian: Satellite Communications, John Wiley, Chichester, ISBN 0-471-87837-5, 1986.
or
G. Maral, M. Bousquet: Satellite Communication Systems, John Wiley, 3rd ed., Chichester, ISBN 0-471-971-669, 1996.
or
E. Lutz, M. Werner, A. Jahn: Satellite Systems for Personal and Broadband Communications, Springer, ISBN 3-540-66840-3, 2000.

Examination

Each individual writes an individual report which is evaluated for grading. Additionally, an oral examination is required.


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