Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering
University of the Aegean

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& Communication Systems Engineering

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Satellite Communications

Title: Satellite Communications
Lesson Code: 321-10652
Semester: 9
Theory Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Faculty: Vouyioukas Demosthenes
Content outline

Introduction to satellite-link subsystems and examination of the geometrical theory of geosynchronous and geostatic satellites. Orbit mechanics. Specialized topics on the satellite channel (e.g. satellite antennas) and analysis of the satellite link in terms of radiated and received power, signal-to-noise ratios, and random effects. Analog and digital modulation and multiple access techniques and their implementation in satellite communication systems. Emphasis on the matched filter and calculation of the probability of error in digital communication systems. Detailed examination of the satellite transponder. Emphasis on transponder signal processing and the effects of nonlinearities in satellite amplifiers. Development of satellite networks based using multiple access techniques. Digital Video Broadcasting and applications.

Learning outcomes

This lesson aims in understanding the methods of analysis and design of satellite communication systems. This course provides the necessary knowledge of the basic principles and characteristics of satellite communications networks, and the field of efficient implementation. The course enables analysis and design of satellite links for various types of services and familiarity with terms and techniques related to performance evaluation and the availability of such links. Upon completion of this course, the students will have acquired the background to understand the principles of analysis and design of satellite systems and be able to analyze and design of system-level elementary links and satellite orbits.
The laboratory part of the course involves the performing of exercises/projects for in-depth understanding and consolidation of the basic principles of design and planning satellite telecommunication systems, orbits and quality of satellite network service.


Not required.

Basic Textbooks

1. D. Vouyioukas, "Satellite Communications - Technologies, Systems and Applications", SEAB, Kallipos, Athens, 2016.

2. G. Maral, M. Bousquet, “ Satellite Communications: Systems, Techniques and Technology,”, 5th ed., Tziola, 2012.

3. T. Pratt, Ch. W. Bostian, J. E. Allnut, “Satellite Communications”, 2nd ed., Papasotiriou, 2003.

Additional References

1. C. Capsalis, P. Kottis, “Satellite Communications”, Tziola, 2005.
2. Sheriff, Hu, “Mobile Satellite Communication Networks”, 2001.
3. D. Roddy, Satellite Communications, 3rd edition McGraw-Hill, 2001.
4. S. Ohmori, H. Wakana, and S. ­Kawase, Mobile Satellite Communications. Artech House Publishers, USA, 1997.
5. T. Ha, Digital Satellite Communications, McGraw Hill, 1990.
6. B. G. Evans, Satellite Communication Systems, IEE Telecommunications, 3rd edn, Jan. 1999.
7. L. J. Ippolito, Radiowave Propagation in Satellite Communications, Van Nostrand, N.Y., 1986.
8. G. D. Gordon and W. L. Morgan, Principles of Communication Satellites, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., N.Y., 1993.
9. G. E. Corazza, Digital Satellite Communications, Springer, May 2007.

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

The main teaching method followed is the traditional face-to-face lectures in class. The lectures are accomplished with the help of an electronic presentation program using portable computer with suitable tripod projection screen and projector. Interactive images and videos are used for adequate understanding of the main disciplines of the course. In addition, lectures are given where problems and exercises are solved. An asynchronous distance learning software is used (eclass). All the presentations, resolved exercises, multimedia material, notes, exercises to be delivered, laboratory exercises, announcements, links, etc. are updated frequently in eclass. In the lab, students become familiar with laboratory equipment (antennas, transmitters, receivers) and carry out specific exercises for better understanding of the theory. In the laboratory, students perform specific exercises for the design of satellite systems and orbits, for better understanding of the theory.

Lab Exercises: 20%
Projects: 20%
Written exams: 60%

Assessment/Grading Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39 hours
Laboratory Exercises 26 hours
Personal study 50 hours
Exercises 10 hours
Course total 125 hours (5 ECTS)


Language of Instruction
Greek, English (for Erasmus students)
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