82090 - Satellite Communication and Navigation Systems M

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Understanding of the architecture of satellite communication systems and satellite positioning systems and the main design principles and performance trade-off. The class covers the ground, space, and user segments fundamentals from a Communication Theory perspective.

Course contents

The course is organized into two main parts: Satellite Communications Systems and Satellite Positioning and Navigation Systems.

The first part addresses the main elements of a Satellite System Communication Architecture

  • ground, space, user segments
  • user and feeder links
  • orbits and constellations
  • link budget
  • payload
  • antennas
  • Multibeam and single beam systems
  • SatCom services: broadcast and broaband, fixed and mobile
  • The Digital Video Broadcasting S2 standard

The second part, using several principles and concepts introduced in the first part, focuses on Satellite Positioning systems:

  • Positioning principles
  • Positioning principles applied to satellite systems
  • the GPS system
  • the Galileo system



  • G. Maral, M. Bousquet, and Z. Sun, Satellite Communications Systems: Systems, Techniques and Technology. John Wiley & Sons
  • B. Sklar, Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications. Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, Inc
  • E. Kaplan and C. Hegarty, Understanding GPS/GNSS: Principles and Applications, Third Edition:, ser. Engineering professional collection. Artech House Publishers, 2017.
  • Slide of the lectures (distributed by email and avaliable at the end of the course on AMS Campus)

Teaching methods

  • Lectures based on slides

Assessment methods

  • Interview

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Vanelli Coralli