Module Title:   Satellite Communications and Applications

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0435D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof RE Sheriff

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide an advanced foundation in satellite communications theory and to present the latest developments and practices in the satellite communications industry.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The teaching strategy will revolve round formal lectures on the theory and practice of the subject. Seminars will be used to re-enforce and broaden the ideas and themes developed through the lectures by introducing contemporary technologies in the context of the satellite communications industry. Students will be supplied with regular tutorial questions. Students will be encouraged to make use of appropriate web site material to further enhance their awareness and understanding of the subject. The ability to deal systematically with complex issues will be assessed by examination and coursework. Supplementary assessment will be as original.

Lectures:   32.00          Directed Study:   150.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   4.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the practical and theoretical concepts associated with the operation of satellite communications networks; appreciate the context in which satellite applications develop and operate; and use advanced knowledge to solve complex radio link design problems associated with satellite communication systems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

apply advanced skills required to design an end-to-end satellite communications link, based on standard engineering practices.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Examination - closed book
  Coursework   50%
  Working from a project specification, an engineering design workshop will provide the foundation for designing a satelli

Outline Syllabus:
The module is based around the following subject areas: Constellations: Orbital Dynamics from Copernicus to Newton; Satellite Orbital Design; Systems and Applications: Mobile Satellite Systems, Networks and Applications including `little` and `big` LEO constellations; nano-satellites. Very Small Aperture Terminal Networks; Radio Interface: Link Budget Design from basic transmission theory to advanced link calculations; Digital Modulation Techniques including and Phase Shift Keying; Multiple Access Techniques, covering CDMA, TDMA and FDMA; Regulatory Issues; Mobile and Fixed Propagation Environment including empirical and statistical representations; Network Components: Satellite Payload Design, from transparent to on-board processing architectures; Fixed Earth Station Design; Network Architectures. Satellite systems: Architecture and hardware; aeronautical systems. Satellite alternatives: stratospheric platforms, unmanned aeronautical vehicles. Fade countermeasure techniques: site diversity, space diversity, height diversity, adaptive modulation and coding. Satellite broadcasting: digital video by satellite; return channel via satellite. Satellite broadband communications; TCP/IP via satellite; Inmarsat`s Broadband Global Area Network. Satellite navigation systems; operation, GPS, GALILEO. Business case for satellite communications. Satellites and the environment; sustainable solutions via satellite.

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