Satellite Communications and Navigation Systems


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Electromagnetics, Telecommunications

Course Coordinator:

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.

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

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

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