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Introduction to Satellite Communication (Telecommunications Library) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998


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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Artech House Publishers; 2 edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890069611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890069615
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,187,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here’s one of the most understandable and comprehensive overviews of satellite technology and satellite usage for commercial purposes currently available. An update of the widely used first edition published in 1986, this book offers expanded coverage of all the relevant elements of the satellite, ground control system, and earth stations. It gives you a practical understanding of the basic construction and usage of modern commercial satellite networks -- how parts of the satellite system function, how the various elements interact, what role each element plays, and which elements are the most critical to success.

The book contains over 250 illustrations, defines current terminology, and explains complex concepts in a comprehensive, detailed manner that is factual, accurate, and easy to understand. It is an expertly authored guidebook that provides you with the technical foundation for understanding how satellite applications are implemented through the design of the space and ground segments.

Specifically, the book helps you understand:

>The fundamentals of satellite communication, particularly as they relate to newer systems such as Global Mobile Personal Communication Systems and digital transmission of television and data

>Ways in which satellite links can be applied to practical communication problems

>The systems and subsystems which comprise the space and ground segments

>Alternatives for placing satellites into earth orbit and operating them

>The economics of implementing and operating satellite networks

>The tradeoffs between GEO, MEO, and LEO systems

>The Ka band frequency and digital DTH and multimedia applications

This important reference introduces new communication engineers and technicians to the field, and brings experienced engineers up-to-speed on all aspects of commercial satellite communication systems. It helps equipment designers of spacecraft and earth stations understand the tradeoffs between the various networks, and is a handy guidebook for non-technical professionals in management, operations, marketing, and finance who need to understand what makes satellite communication work. As a textbook, it is suitable for university courses and internal training programs in communication system design and planning.

Contents: Fundamentals of Satellite Systems -- Basic Characteristics of Satellites. System Elements. Satellite Orbit Configurations. Frequency Spectrum Allocations. Evolution of Satellite Communication -- Source of the Original Idea. The International System (INTELSAT). Domestic Satellite Systems. Regional Satellite Systems. Specialized Systems (DTH and Mobile). Movement to Higher Frequency Bands (Ka Band). Advancing Technology and Markets. Satellite Network Architectures -- General Features of Satellite Networks. Point-to-Multipoint (Broadcast) Networks. Point-to-Point Networks. Hub and Spoke Networks. Microwave Transmission Engineering -- Propagation on the Earth-Space Link. Microwave Transmitters and Receivers. Overall Link Quality. Modulation and Multiple Access -- Digital Baseband Signals. Digital Modulation. Multiple Access Methods. Distortion and Impairments. Communication Repeaters and Electronics -- Overall Payload Requirements. Repeater Configuration (Analog "Bent Pipe" and Digital Processing). Wideband Receiver. Redundancy Switching. Waveguide Filters and Multiplexers. Traveling-Wave Tube Amplifiers. Solid-State Power Amplifiers. Transponder Gain Control. Spacecraft Antennas -- Horn Antennas. Reflector Antennas. Antenna Patterns. Beam and Polarization Isolation. Innovative Spacecraft Antenna Designs (Lens and Array). Spacecraft Bus Configuration and Design -- Mission Summary. Spacecraft Configuration (Three-Axis and Spinning). Spacecraft Bus Subsystems (Attitude Control, Solar Array, Battery, Liquid and Electric Propulsion, Solid Rocket Motors, TT&C, Thermal Control and Structure). Environmental Requirements. Earth Stations and Terrestrial Technology -- Basic Earth Station Configuration. Performance Requirements. Radio Frequency Equipment. Intermediate Frequency and Baseband Equipment. Earth Station Facility Design. Major Classes of Earth Stations (TT&C, TV Uplink, Telecommunication Hum, VSAT, Mobile, and TV Receive-Only). Terrestrial Interfaces and Links. Launch Vehicles and Services -- The Launch Mission. Launch Technology and Systems. Launch Interfaces. Risk Management in Launch Operations. Satellite Operations and Orbit Maintenance -- The Satellite Control System. Intercommunication Networks. Orbital Operations. Network Operations. Human Resources for Satellite Operations. Economics of Satellite Systems -- System Development Methodology. Space Segment Economics. Earth Station Economics. Analysis of Network Economics. Future Directions for Satellite Communication -- Evolution of New Satellite Applications. Evolution of the Technology (Space, Ground and Application). Satellite Communication into the Third Millennium.

Bruce R. Elbert has 30 years of satellite communications experience and is a leading authority on satellites and telecommunications. A manager at Hughes Space and Communications Company, Mr. Elbert holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the University of Maryland. He teaches satellite communication and telecommunications management at UCLA Extension and serves as series editor of Artech’s Technology Management and Professional Development Series.

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Bruce R. Elbert has 30 years of satellite communications experience and is a leading authority on satellites and telecommunications. Formerly a manager at Hughes Space and Communications Company, Mr. Elbert is now a private consultant and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MSEE from the University of Maryland. He teaches satellite communication and telecommunications management at UCLA Extension and serves as series editor of Artech's Technology Management and Professional Development Series.

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Format: Hardcover
--- Date of the Review: 01-06-2012 ---

I read the Second Edition of this book (publication year was 1998) and loved the way that the author structured the flow of the chapters. Book covers variety of topics such as the reason of satellite communication, signals, noise, orbits of satellites, launch vehicles, economics of satellite communication, antennas, internal elements of satellites and so on.

Author is mainly giving qualitative information rather than quantitative (using mathematical equations) descriptions when explaining the concepts. Therefore there is a lot of lack of mathematical description. Very simple book to understand and very easy to follow the chapters one by one.

Ideal if you are new to the subject of Satellite Communication. At the end of the book you will have a really good qualitative idea about satellite communication.

However I recommend you to read another more mathematically-oriented textbook on satellite communication which is essential to truly understand this subject. Also more up-to-date edition will be beneficial too since new vehicles are launched since 1998 and there has been some changes in the uses of satellites such as GPS.

Great investment.

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Mr. Engin Sicimogullari (MEng Electronic Engineering Graduate)
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"Must have" for anyone in Satellite Communications. 14 Sept. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Bruce Elbert's Introduction to Satellite Communications is the very best starting point for learning the basics of communications by satellite. Its scope goes beyond generalities but deals with specific topics from the world of satellite. Well organized and readable, it is an excellent companion to Mr. Elbert's other book, The Satellite Communication Applications Handbook. Both are "must read" and "must have" references for engineers and non-technical types!
Not a bad textbook 1 Jan. 2013
By Eric F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a college course, and was pleased with it. It's pretty dense on the subject matter, but doesn't drag on and on to make you use the book as a sleep aid.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good addition to your telecommunication references 28 Nov. 2002
By Ahmad Alwajih - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is very useful if you are trying to pave your way into the field of satellite communications.
You will later find out that the book can still serve you as a handy reference when you are already involved and experienced with satellite communications.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book has been updated in 1999 16 Aug. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Get the newest version from Artech House publishers. It's up to date and very informative.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thorough coverage of Satellite Communications 16 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book does a great job of discussing commercial satellite communications. It is up to date, and includes excellent industry examples and technical details. This book will fill in your knowledge gaps.
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