ECE Course Outline

ECE6390

Satellite Communications and Navigation Systems (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
To introduce satellite communications and navigation system design including microwave transmission, satellite transponders, earth station hardware and satellite networks. A design project is required.
Textbook(s)
Pratt, Bostian, Allnut, Satellite Communications (2nd edition), John Wiley, 2002. ISBN 9780471370079 (required)

Topical Outline
Introduction to satellite system
  Orbital Mechanics
  Linking by satellite
  Available technologies (C, Ku, K-bands)
  Geosynchronous orbits and LEO's (Low Earth Orbits)
  Satellite design
  Transponder design

Satellite propagation and transmission equations
  Uplink characterization
  Transponder characterization
  Downlink characterization
  Atmospheric effects

Earth station design
  Uplink amplifiers, frequency converters, modulators
  Downlink amplifiers, frequency converters, demodulators
  Antennas

Analog modulation techniques

Digital modulation techniques

Satellite networks
  FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and packet
  Inter-satellite communications
  Performance evaaluation

Navigation by satellite
  Time Difference of Arrival Techniques
  GPS Systems
  Limitations to Accuracy