Satellite Communications Systems Engineering: Atmospheric Effects, Satellite Link Design and System Performance

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 15, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 394 pages
Provides an invaluable, detailed and up-to-date coverage of atmospheric effects and their impact on satellite communications systems design and performance.

Significant progress has been made in the last decade in the understanding and modelling of propagation effects on radio wave propagation in the bands utilized for satellite communications. This book provides a comprehensive description and analysis of all atmospheric effects of concern for today’s satellite systems, and the tools necessary to design the links and to evaluate system performance.

This book will serve as an excellent reference to communications engineers, wireless network and system engineers, system designers and graduate students in satellite communications and related areas.

Key features:

  • Provides the state of the art in communications satellite link design and performance from the practicing engineer perspective – concise descriptions, specific procedures and comprehensive solutions
  • Contains the calculations and tools necessary for evaluating system performance
  • Provides a complete evaluation of atmospheric effects, modelling and prediction
  • Focuses on the satellite free-space link as the primary element in the design and performance for satellite communications, and recognizes the importance of free-space considerations such as atmospheric effects, frequency of operation and adaptive mitigation techniques
  • a solutions manual is available directly from the author (

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Chapter 1 Introduction to Satellite Communications
Chapter 2 Satellite Orbits
Chapter 3 Satellite Subsystems
Chapter 4 The RF Link
Chapter 5 Link System Performance
Chapter 6 Transmission Impairments
Chapter 7 Propagation Effects Modeling and Prediction
Chapter 8 Rain Fade Mitigation
Chapter 9 The Composite Link
Chapter 10 Satellite Multiple Access
Chapter 11 The Mobile Satellite Channel
Appendix A Satellite Signal Processing Elements
Appendix B Error Functions and Bit Error Rate

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Dr. Louis Ippolito Jr, Herndon, US has over thirty-five years experience in satellite communication systems, radiowave propagation studies, experiments and analysis, and the development, design, and implementation of satellite and terrestrial wireless systems. He is a recognized international expert on the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on space communications. He is the author of over sixty technical publications, including the books Radiowave Propagation in Satellite Communications Systems, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1986, Propagation Effects Handbook for Satellite Systems Design, NASA JPL Ref. Pub. 1082(5), April 2000, and contributions to The Communications Handbook, J.D. Gibson Editor, CRC Press, 1997 and 2002, and Satellite Communications, Global Change Agents, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004.

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