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Introduction to satellite communication
Elbert, Bruce R.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Artech House, [1999]

Physical Description:
xix, 557 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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A comprehensive overview of satellite technology and usage for commercial purposes. This edition offers expanded coverage of all the relevant elements of the satellite, ground control system, and earth stations. It aims to give the reader a practical understanding of the basic construction and usage of modern commercial satellite networks - how parts of the satellite system function, how the various elements interact, what role each element plays, and which elements are the most critical to success.

Author Notes

Bruce R. Elbert holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the University of Maryland.

Bruce R. Elbert has 30 years of satellite communications experience and is a leading authority on satellites and telecommunications. Formerly a manager at Hughes Space and Communications Company, Mr. Elbert is now a private consultant. He teaches satellite communication and telecommunications management at UCLA Extension and serves as series editor of Artech’s Technology Management and Professional Development Series.


Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Satellite Systems
Basic Characteristics of Satellites
System Elements
Satellite Orbit Configurations
Frequency Spectrum Allocations
Evolution of Satellite Communication
Source of the Original Idea
The International System (INTELSAT)
Domestic Satellite Systems
Regional Satellite Systems
Specialized Systems (DTH and Mobile)
Movement to Higher Frequency Bands (Ka Band)
Advancing Technology and Markets
Satellite Network Architectures
General Features of Satellite Networks
Point-to-Multipoint (Broadcast) Networks
Point-to-Point Networks
Hub and Spoke Networks
Microwave Transmission Engineering
Propagation on the Earth-Space Link
Microwave Transmitters and Receivers
Overall Link Quality
Modulation and Multiple Access
Digital Baseband Signals
Digital Modulation
Multiple Access Methods
Distortion and Impairments
Communication Repeaters and Electronics
Overall Payload Requirements
Repeater Configuration (Analog "Bent Pipe" and Digital Processing)
Wideband Receiver
Redundancy Switching
Waveguide Filters and Multiplexers
Traveling-Wave Tube Amplifiers
Solid-State Power Amplifiers
Transponder Gain Control
Spacecraft Antennas
Horn Antennas
Reflector Antennas
Antenna Patterns
Beam and Polarization Isolation
Innovative Spacecraft Antenna Designs (Lens and Array)
Spacecraft Bus Configuration and Design
Mission Summary
Spacecraft Configuration (Three-Axis and Spinning)
Spacecraft Bus Subsystems (Attitude Control, Solar Array, Battery, Liquid and Electric Propulsion, Solid Rocket Motors, TT&C, Thermal Control and Structure)
Environmental Requirements
Earth Stations and Terrestrial Technology
Basic Earth Station Configuration
Performance Requirements
Radio Frequency Equipment
Intermediate Frequency and Baseband Equipment
Earth Station Facility Design
Major Classes of Earth Stations (TT&C, TV Uplink, Telecommunication Hum, VSAT, Mobile, and TV Receive-Only)
Terrestrial Interfaces and Links
Launch Vehicles and Services
The Launch Mission
Launch Technology and Systems
Launch Interfaces
Risk Management in Launch Operations
Satellite Operations and Orbit Maintenance
The Satellite Control System
Intercommunication Networks
Orbital Operations
Network Operations
Human Resources for Satellite Operations
Economics of Satellite Systems
System Development Methodology
Space Segment Economics
Earth Station Economics
Analysis of Network Economics
Future Directions for Satellite Communication
Evolution of New Satellite Applications
Evolution of the Technology (Space, Ground and Application)
Satellite Communication into the Third Millennium