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49223 Satellite Communication Systems

6cp; 3hpw; availability: Telecommunications Engineering program only
Requisite(s): (48740 Communications Networks AND (120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.



Artificial earth-orbiting satellites are an essential component of modern communications, navigation, meteorological and many other services. This subject focuses on the design and implementation of satellite communication links. Topics include an introduction to orbital mechanics (in particular, the geostationary orbit), satellite and Earth station hardware, communications theory for satellite systems, channel modelling, link budgeting, system architecture, and an exploration of performance trade-off issues. Students learn how to perform some of the common tasks of an engineer working with satellite communications systems, such as interpreting the published orbital and communications parameters of communications satellites, and designing and analysing analog and digital communications links to a given performance standard using this satellite, while accounting for variable weather and other atmospheric conditions. Modern computer simulation and modelling tools are utilised throughout the subject for design and analysis work.

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Autumn session, City campus

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