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Course Detail

Course Name Satellite Communication
Course Code 15ECE356
Program B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Review of Microwave Communications – Overview of satellite communications – Satellite orbits – Orbital mechanics and effects – Kepler’s laws – Configurations of various orbits – Orbital elements – Elevation and azimuth angles – Doppler effect – Effect of the sun and moon – Sun transit outage. Satellite link models and design – Satellite system parameters – Link budget design.

Unit 2

Satellite subsystems – AOCS – TTC&M – Power and communication subsystems – Computations and controlling by processors – Satellite multiple access schemes – FDMA – TDMA and CDMA – Spread spectrum concepts – Comparison of multiple access schemes.

Unit 3

Satellite applications – VSAT – DTH television principles – Direct broadcast radios – Principles of navigation – GPS – Satellites and launch vehicles – INSAT – IRS satellites – PSLVs – GSLVs.

Text Books

  1. T.Pratt, C.W.Bostain and J.E.Allnut, “Satellite Communications” John Wiley and Sons, Second Edition, 2003.


  1. Dennis Roddy, “Satellite Communications” McGraw-Hill Publishing company, Fourth Edition, 2006.

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