Communications Satellite Handbook / Edition 1

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Finally, a book with the material needed to analyze, design and use a satellite system for telecommunications. With this book, system designers, earth station operators, design engineers and students can understand how satellites function, and how they are used in ordinary service for voice, video, and data communications. This book will provide you with:

  • Identification of communications applications
  • The basic equations that govern the satellites and their uses
  • Descriptions of actual equipment used both in space and on the ground
  • What radio frequencies are used, with specific frequency assignments
  • How to calculate link budgets
  • How a satellite is launched and gets to its proper position
  • How it is kept there, and the amount of fuel needed
  • How to find the angles to point an earth station antenna
  • What are reliability models
  • How should the transmission system operate and how it can be checked
  • What traffic levels should be anticipated
The book has graphs, tables and illustrations to enable the user to solve problems and then verify the answers by cross checking with alternate solutions. The formulas have been designed for use with scientific calculators or personal computers. This book supplements other texts. It is an excellent bridge between theory and practical experience. It is a basic reference book for both the student and the experienced professional. A comprehensive index allows the reader to find material quickly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471316039
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Meet the Author

About the authors Walter L. Morgan is the President and a Senior Consultant at the Communications Center of Clarksburg, MD. Mr. Morgan has been in key positions in the design and use of terrestrial and satellite communications throughout his entire career. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, he first worked at the David Sarnoff Research Center and then at GE's Astro Space Division. At COMSAT Laboratories he became a Senior Staff Scientist. At the Communications Center he and his staff provide clients information on the developments, trends and forecasts in the telecommunications industries. He is the author of over 150 technical and economic papers, the Consulting Editor to Satellite Communications magazine, and Editor of the Telecommunique newsletter. Gary D. Gordon is an Aerospace Consultant in Washington Grove, MD. He received his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 1954. Dr. Gordon was 14 years at COMSAT Laboratories as Senior Staff Scientist in the Spacecraft Laboratory. He was a member of the initial Editorial Board of the COMSAT Technical Review. He has taught courses on Spacecraft Technology, Satellite Orbits, Satellite Reliability, Spacecraft Thermal Design, and Computer Programming. He has made a 26-hour videotape on Spacecraft Technology. Earlier, at GE's Astro Space Division, he contributed to thermal design of the first weather satellite (TIROS) and was responsible for the thermal design of the Relay communications satellite. He was active in a GE education program at the corporate level teaching managers modern physics, semiconductor devices and computers. He has written technical papers on electric propulsion, geodetic use of satellites, spacecraft thermal design and a proposed 30 kW solar array.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Obtaining Access to the Satellite.


Interfaces Between Terrestrial and Satellite Systems.

Telecommunications Systems.


System Modeling.

Overall System Calculations.


Frequency Domain Multiple Access.

Time Domain Multiple Access.

Space Domain Multiple Access.

Code Domain Multiple Access.

Random Multiple Access.


Space Configuration and Subsystems.

Telemetry, Tracking, and Command.

Solar Arrays.

Attitude Control.

Thermal Control.


Direction of Orbit Normals and of Sun.

Elliptical Orbits in a Plane.

Earth Station—Azimuth, Elevation, and Range.

Lunar and Solar Perturbations.

Launching into a Geostationary Orbit.


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