INTRODUCTION TO SPACE COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Instructor:              Prof. Norbert Bartel, PSE 331,  bartel@yorku.ca  www.yorku.ca/bartel

Course Number:    PHYS 3250 3.0 F

Time/Location:       MWF 12:30 Š 13:30 / CB122

Textbooks:             Satellite Communications, 4th edition, D. Roddy, McGraw-Hill, 2006

    (Satellite Communication Systems Engineering, 2nd edition, W. L. Pritchard,

H. G. Suyderhoud, R. A. Nelson, Prentice Hall, 1992

                               Satellite Communications, T. Pratt, C. W. Bostian, John Wiley & Sons, 1986)

 Recommended:     Video: Testing EinsteinÕs Universe Š The Gravity Probe B Mission, N. Bartel

 

Course Contents:       1. History and Overview of Present Status

 

2. Orbital Aspects of Satellite Communications

2.1 Orbits

2.2 Perturbations

2.3 Visibility

2.4 Launches

 

3. Spacecraft

3.1 Power systems

3.2 Attitude and orbit control

3.3 Telemetry, tracking and command

3.4 Transponders

3.5 Antennae

 

4. Earth Station

4.1 Antennae

4.2 Transmitters/receivers

 

5. Communications Link

5.1 Transmission path

5.2 Noise temperature

5.3 Link equation

 

                                    6. Modulation and Multiplexing Techniques

                                                6.1 Analogue transmission

                                                6.2 Digital transmission

 

                                    7. Multiple Access to a Satellite

                                                7.1 FDMA

                                                7.2 TDMA

                                                7.3 CDMA

 

 

Evaluation:       In-class quizzes:           10% of final mark

 Homework:                    25% of final mark

 Midterm exam:               25% of final mark

 Final exam:                    40% of final mark

 

 

Office hours: P331, MW 14:00-14:45

Midterm exam: Wed. November 1, 2017,  Final exam: TBA