Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

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Presents the concepts, technology, and role of satellite systems in support of personal applications, such as mobile and broadband communications, navigation, television, radio and multimedia broadcasting, safety of life services, etc.

This book presents a novel perspective on satellite systems, reflecting the modern personal technology context, and hence a focus on the individual as end-user. The book begins by outlining key generic concepts before discussing techniques adopted in particular application areas; next, it exemplifies these techniques through discussion of state-of-art current and emerging satellite systems. The book concludes by contemplating the likely evolution of these systems, taking into consideration influences and trends in technology, in conjunction with growing user expectations.

In addition to addressing satellite systems that directly interact with personal devices, the book additionally considers those indirect applications where there is an increasing interest by individuals - notably, in remote sensing. As such, the book uniquely encompasses the entire gamut of satellite-enabled personal / end-user applications.

Key Features:

  • Broad scope - views satellite systems generically with regards to their applicability across a wide range of personal application areas
  • Strong foundation in underlying concepts
  • State-of-the-art system examples
  • Review of trends in relevant areas of satellite technology
  • Revision questions at the end of each chapter

The book is suited to individuals, engineers, scientists, service providers, system operators, application developers and managers interested or involved in the use of satellite technology for personal applications. It should also hold interest for use in research institutes interested in promoting inter-disciplinary cross-fertilization of ideas, as well as by financiers, policy makers, and strategists interested in gaining a better understanding of this technology.


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Satellites and HighAltitude Platforms
Satellite Communications Systems
Spectrum and Propagation
Antennas and Noise
Modulation and Coding
Satellite Access and Networking
Broadcast Systems
Communications Architectures
Satellite Navigation Techniques
Navigation Tracking and Safety Systems
Remote Sensing Systems
The Future

7Do ler and Pseudoran e Navi ation
Compression Speech Audio and Video Encoding

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About the author (2011)

Dr. Madhavendra Richharia, Consultant, Satellite Communications, UK
Dr Richharia has been working in satellite communications for the last thirty years and has gained experience in areas such as hardware/software design and development, systems design, operations, planning, research, project management, consultancy, and education. He holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in electronics and electrical engineering. Richharia’s associations include Inmarsat, University of Surrey and Southampton and ISRO.

Dr. Leslie David Westbrook, Principle Scientist, QinetiQ Ltd., UK
Dr Westbrook has more than 25 years experience in telecommunications R&D and consultancy, ranging from HF to optical frequencies, encompassing analysis, design, simulation, fabrication and testing of a wide range of communication devices, sub-systems and systems. He is currently a Principle Scientist in the SATCOM and Modem group, Communications Division at QinetiQ Ltd (formerly the Defence Research Agency of the UK Ministry of Defence). His activities at QinetiQ have included applied research and consultancy for UK MoD, and civilian organisations, encompassing Skynet (the UK's military satellite constellation), military ground tactical and airborne SATCOM, VSATs, automated satellite resource management, military use of commercial SATCOM and antenna performance.

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