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TEC411 Satellite Communication & Broadcasting L T P C
Version1.0 Date of Approval: Jun 06, 2013 3 0 0 3
Pre-requisites//Exposure                    Digital Communication


Course Objectives 

  1. This course describes orbital mechanism of satellites.
  2. The multiplexing and multiple access techniques of Satellite communication are also discussed.
  3. GPS and other applications of satellite communication are covered in this course.

Course Outcomes 

On completion of this course, the students will be able to

  1. Discuss various multiplexing and multiple access techniques.
  2. Design satellite uplink and downlink under various conditions.
  3. Demonstrate the GPS concepts for ethical usage in society.

Catalog Description 

The courses cover the most relevant aspects of satellite communications, with emphasis on recent applications and developments. The course begins with a review on the history and basic concepts of satellite communications. Next it covers the orbital aspects, with emphasis on the geostationary orbit followed by a discussion of satellite subsystem and launching methods. The design of a digital satellite link is discussed in detail, including link budget, modulation, error control and multiple access methods. Frequency assignments and propagation aspects that affect the satellite link are then discussed. Antennas and earth station technology are presented, inclu ding the design of very small aperture terminals (VSATs). The course then covers non-geosynchronous orbits and their applications. Specific applications of satellites are also explored, including the global positioning system (GPS), satellites for mobile communication, and satellites for Internet.

Text Books 

  1. Wilbur L. Pritchard, H.G. Suyderhoud ,Robert A.Nelson, Satellite Communication Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2006. ISBN-013-791468-7
  2. Timothy Pratt and Charles W.Bostain, Satellite Communications, John Wiley and Sons, 2003. ISBN- 047137007X
  3. Roddy, Satellite Communication, McGrawHill, 2006 ISBN- 0071486895 

Reference Books 

  1. Tri T Ha, Digital Satellite Communication, McGrawHill,1990. ISBN-978-0-07-007752-2
  2. N.Agarwal, Design of Geosynchronous Spacecraft, Prentice Hall, 1993. ISBN- 0132001144 

Course Content 


9 lecture hours 

Satellite Systems, Orbital description and Orbital mechanics of LEO, MEO and GSO, Placement of a Satellite in a GSO, Satellite – description of different Communication subsystems, Bandwidth allocation.


7 lecture hours 

Different modulation and Multiplexing Schemes, Multiple Access Techniques – FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and DAMA, Coding Schemes 

Unit III  : SATELLITE LINK DESIGN                         

8 lecture hours 

Basic link analysis, Interference analysis, Rain induced attenuation and interference, Ionospheric characteristics, Link Design with and without frequency reuse.

Unit IV   : GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM                         

8 lecture hours 

Radio and Satellite Navigation, GPS Position Location Principles, GPS Receivers and Codes, Satellite Signal Acquisition, GPS Receiver Operation and Differential GPS

Unit V   :  APPLICATIONS                                                               

8 lecture hours 

Satellite Packet Communications, Intelsat series – INSAT series –VSAT, mobile satellite services, IMMERSAT, Satellite and Cable Television, DBS (DTH), VSAT, Satellite Phones. 

Mode of Evaluation:.


  Theory Laboratory Theory and laboratory
Components Internal SEE Internal SEE
Marks 50 50 0 0
Total Marks 100 0
Scaled Marks 100 0 100


Relationship between the Course Outcomes (COs) and Program Outcomes (POs)

Mapping between Cos and POs
Sl. No. Course Outcomes (COs) Mapped Programme Outcomes
1 Discuss various multiplexing and multiple access techniques and demonstrate its knowledge for societal use. 6,7
2 Design satellite uplink and downlink under various conditions.


3 Demonstrate GPS concepts for ethical usage in society.  11,8


    Engineering Knowledge Problem analysis Design/development of solutions Conduct investigations of complex problems Modern tool usage The engineer and society Environment and sustainability Ethics Individual or team work Communication Project management and finance Life-long Learning
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
TEC411 Satellite Communication         2 3 2 2     2  

1=addressed to small extent

2= addressed significantly

3=major part of course


Theory  The theory of this course is used to evaluate the program outcome PO(6)