Satellite Communications Systems: Design Principles

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McGraw-Hill, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 484 pages
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Satellite Communications Systems is the only guide that covers the entire technology, from groundlinks through signaling, access, spacecraft, orbits, and positioning. Featuring an easy-to-read style and a step-by-step approach that's long on design fundamentals and short on mathematical derivations, this essential reference walks you through satellite system design, step by step. It features special new sections on geosynchronous satellites for global mobile communications, non-geostationary constellations, and low- and medium-orbit systems. In addition, it covers the latest technology and concepts—plus future trends. You also get examples, guidelines, models, case studies, useful orbit-related formulas, and references. Combining thorough coverage of traditional satellite communications issues with in-depth treatments of global mobile concerns, this guidebook is an indispensable working tool for communications, aeronautical, and systems engineers, for technicians, and for students in these disciplines.

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This is perhaps the only book I have read so far, that covers an entire range of topics needed to get a complete view of satellite communications. The author not only covers topics usually referred to by satellite system designers, but also covers areas needed for planning, system integration and logistics. Even topics concerning launch, building and testing of satellite, networking of ground segment are covered in great detail.
Overall, it is perhaps the best reference book for everyone connected with cellular, satellite, computer networks, air and marine communication systems. It is useful for not only engineers, but planners, system integraters, managers and corporate executives connected with business related decisions concerning international communication using both wired and wireless.
The book provides a deep understanding to academics since details of calculations related to each sub unit are well illustrated with examples, graphs, diagrams. What is very useful for managers are the quick reference comparison tables that provide both technical and business aspects of different orbits, their life cycle costs and other details. The amount of data presented and its dissemination in a simple manner is unique.
The all pervasive nature of satellite systems covers major areas such as cellular, marine / air communications, broadcast of audio and video, GPS for navigation and positioning. These are now getting introduced at a very personal level by products such as google glasses, the iPhone, Android smart phones and others, which make this book span the entire gamut of communications for mankind. The book will become an essential tool for a wide range of professionals worldwide.

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About the author (1999)

M. Richharia is a senior systems engineer with the International Marine Satellite Organization, a 64-country consortium, headquartered in London, U.K., which provides worldwide communications via satellite to ships, aircraft, and land vehicles.

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