Satellite Communication Technologies

Course Description

Characteristics and uniqueness of satellite communication systems. Division and application of frequency spectrum. Survey of present standards. Division of satellite communication systems (application, frequency spectrum, orbits). Model of satellite communication system. Characteristics of receiver and transmitter end. Architecture and interface of satellite station (antennas, transmitter). Particular modulation procedures and multiple access techniques used in satellite communications. Basic parameters of link quality and link budget in satellite communication systems. Definition and design of specific satellite communication systems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. repeat the basic characteristic of satellite communications
  2. explain division of satellite communication systems according to the application
  3. compute satellite link budget
  4. analyze the architecture of satellite communication systems
  5. design specific satellyte communication systems
  6. evaluate the quality of satellite communication system

Forms of Teaching


Lectures live or online


Laboratory exercises will be held in four cycles lasting 3 hours per week in the laboratory at the Department.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 10 % 0 % 0 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Final Exam: Oral 10 %
Exam: Written 40.5 % 90 %
Exam: Oral 10 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Satellite orbits; Launching; Placing and keeping satellite in orbit
  2. Coverage area; Satellite beams
  3. Earth station site selection
  4. Earth station parameters; Transmitter; Receiver; Antenna
  5. Transponder; On-board satellite antennas
  6. Link budget: uplink and downlink
  7. Link budget: uplink and downlink
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Satellite telephony (fixed and mobile)
  10. Satellite television
  11. Satellite radio
  12. Satellite data links
  13. Very small aperture terminal (VSAT)
  14. Satellite Internet; Satellite amateur radio
  15. Meteorological, scientific and military satellites, Final exam

Study Programmes

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Krešimir Malarić (2018.), Satelitske komunikacijske tehnologije, Merkur A.B.D., Zagreb
Andrew F Inglis, Arch Luther (1997.), Satellite Technology, Routledge
Gerard Maral, Michel Bousquet, Zhili Sun (2020.), Satellite Communications Systems, John Wiley & Sons

Laboratory exercises

For students


ID 222660
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
13 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

88 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable