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ELEC5510: Satellite Communication Systems

Satellite communication systems provide fixed and mobile communication services over very large areas of land, sea and air. This unit presents the fundamental knowledge and skills in the analysis and design of such systems. It introduces students to the broad spectrum of satellite communications and its position in the entire telecommunications network; helps students to develop awareness of the key factors affecting a good satellite communications system and theoretical and practical skills in the design of a satellite communications link. Topic areas include: satellite communication link design; propagation effects and their impact on satellite performance; satellite antennas; digital modem design, speech codec design; error control for digital satellite links.

Code ELEC5510
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Knowledge of error probabilities, analog and digital modulation techniques and error performance evaluation studied in ELEC3505 Communications and ELEC4505 Digital Communication Systems, is assumed

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design satellite communication systems using both a creative and systematic approach applying concepts and principles developed to solve a particular engineering need
  • LO2. analyse modulation and coding schemes in satellite communication systems using principles and techniques developed throughout the course
  • LO3. differentiate and categorise knowledge from various teaching methods such as field trips, group work and open literature, synthesising the most viable and pertinent information as part of inquiry and knowledge development
  • LO4. communicate information concisely and accurately within the context of the group project report and oral presentation, thus entertain the attention and interest of technical and non-technical audiences in the subject matter
  • LO5. work in a team, taking on the responsibility of a particular role, exercising initiative by contributing, while also drawing on the specific knowledge and skills of other members, so as to achieve an agreed-on solution to a specific engineering problem.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.