Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : EE6132 : Satellite Communication {3-0-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Prasanna Kumar Sahu


Overview of Satellite Systems: History, Current state, Frequency allocations.
Orbital Aspects of Satellite Communication: Launching methods, Kepler’s laws, Orbital elements, Apogee and Perigee heights, Orbital mechanism, Look angle determination, Geo-stationary orbits and Launching orbits, Orbit determination, Orbit effects on Communication, System performance.
Radio Wave Propagation: Atmospheric losses, Ionospheric Effects, Rain attenuation and other propagation impairments.
Space Segment: Power Supply, Attitude control, Station keeping, TT&C Subsystem, Transponders and Antenna Subsystem.
Earth Segment: TVRO, Master Antenna TV System, Community Antenna TV System, Transmit-Receive Earth stations.
Space Link: Equivalent Radiated Isotropic Power, Transmission Losses, Link-Power Budget Equation, System noise, Carrier-to-Noise Ratio, Uplink, Downlink, Combined Uplink and Downlink C/N Ratio, Effects of Rain, Intermodulation Noise.
Satellite Access: Single Access, Pre-assigned FDMA, Demand-Assigned FDMA, TDMA, On-Board Signal Processing for FDMA/TDMA operation, CDMA.
Future trends in Satellite communication: LEO, MEO, GEO etc., TV via satellite, DBS, DTH, VSATs and GPS.

Course Objectives

  1. To enable the student to become familiar with satellites and satellite services
  2. To gain knowledge of satellite access by multiple users
  3. To get a complete knowledge about the earth and space subsystems
  4. To gain knowledge about future trends of satellite communication system

Course Outcomes

1. Engineering Knowledge in Satellite Communication
2. Knowledge about Design and Development of Satellite Communication System to cater the present and future needs
3. Life-long learning + Project management and finance
4. Exploration of Ka band Satellite Communication in India

Essential Reading

  1. T.Pratt and W.Boston, Satellite Communication, John Wiley & Sons , 2nd Ed., 2015
  2. T.T. Ha, Digital Satellite Communication, McGraw Hill , 1 st. Ed., 2016

Supplementary Reading

  1. Dennis Roddy, Satellite Communication, McGraw Hill , 4th Ed., 2016.
  2. G.D.Gordon, W.L.Morgan, Principles of Communication Satellite, John Wiley & Sons, U.S.A. , 1 st. Ed., 2014