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Satellite Communications [Paperback]

Dennis Roddy
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1 April 2001 0071202404 978-0071202404 3rd Revised edition
The leading authority on satellite technology, fully updated to reflect the burgeoning commercial applications. This book includes all the latest information and specs for working engineers and students who need to keep up with the growing demand for satellites in wireless communications. It features all-new chapters on CDMA/3g wireless services, Internet via satellite, and digital television broadcasting via satellite.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071202404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071202404
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.4 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,487,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BEST CHOICE FOR COMPLETE, CURRENT COVERAGE

Classic guide to satellite communications fundamentals

Highly regarded for more than a decade as both teaching text and professional reference/tutorial, Satellite Communications has been revised, updated, and expanded to include the hottest applications in a rapidly growing field. Always the most complete and accessible entry point to this dynamic area of engineering, Satellite Communications spotlights practical issues that interest professionals and students alike. The author delivers worked examples that clearly illustrate best methods, and uses a writing style that makes both basics and finer technical points easy to absorb, whether you're in a class or tutoring yourself.

Features:
-Authoritative, complete, and readable coverage, from an overview of the field to basic Keplerian theory, launch methods, and practical details of applications
-Full descriptions of hardware, including satellite structures, antennas, earth stations, and onboard systems
-Cutting-edge applications such as wireless Internet, telephony, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and worldwide broadcasts of digital TV
-New information on ATM, TCP/IP, and LEO networking over satellites, mobile systems, and onboard switching
-Details on methods, orbits, links, access, signals, modulation, and interference
-All examples and problems worked in MathCad, with mathematical complexities pared to a minimum

For total understanding of satellite communications fundamentals'without a slog through dense mathematical abstractions'Dennis Roddy's book is the one to choose. It's a keeper that you'll turn to for answers throughout your career.

NEW IN THIS EDITION
Expanded coverage of CDMA
Internet via satellite chapter
Digital TV broadcasting chapter
Expanded section on geostationary orbits
Error correction coding
Preview of coming applications and growth

Online Reader Reviews:
-'Great Reference!! Roddy has written the definitive reference on satellite communications.'-

-'A True Classic Text of Its Topic Roddy writes in an easy-to-follow style and includes many examples and exercises - Get this book if you need enlightenment on the fundamentals of satellite communications.'-
- On the Second Edition

About the Author

Dennis Roddy, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, has taught courses that include Satellite Communications, Communications Systems, Optical Communications, and Analysis and Design of Analog Circuits. He has more than 40 years of experience in both industrial and technical education. His previous books include Radio and Line Transmission, vols.1 and 2, Introduction to Microelectronics, Microwave Technology, and the first two editions of Satellite Communications. In addition, he has coauthored several textbooks and published technical papers and reports on a wide variety of topics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference!! 20 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Roddy has written the definitive reference on Satellite Communications. All the main topics are covered here including orbital mechanics, on board systems, ground stations and link analysis. Topics are covered in sufficient detail but in easy to understand format appropriate for self study. Digitally processed payloads are also covered here, but I would have liked to see information on recent trends in on board switching, ATM over satellite and TCP/IP over satellite. I would also have liked to see more information about mobile systems and networking over LEO systems. These omissions do not detract from the overall quality, rather, they are sugesstions for future revisions of the text. Another suggestion would be to move the references from the back of the text to the end of each chapter. The basic content here is solid!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic text of its topic. 9 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Roddy writes in an easy to follow style and includes many examples and exercises. The examples and exercises are oriented towards using MathCad as a tool as well. Get this book if you need enlightenment on the fundamentals of satellite communications.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roddey; very good intermediate level book. 26 Nov 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is very suitable for either an undergraduate EE student, or an interested laymen with modest communications knowledge (i.e. HAM radio, etc..). Roddey's writing style is fairly clear and crisp, and other reviewers are on the mark.
The technical content is fairly thorough for introductory
to intermediate purposes. However, this is definately not a "reference" or "bible" type book; nothing too exotic is contained therein.
The book has some nicely written chapters on general communications theory (i.e. channel capacity, etc..),
however, the content and treatment is skimpy.
If your interested in satellite communications but
don't know much about die-hard communications theory,
you'd be better of getting a companion book specifically
for that purpose [i.e. Sklar or Proakisl; both authors
have books called "Digital Communications"].
All in all, the book delivers what it promises and is
worth the price... Probably one of the top 4 books to
get on Satellite Communications... Also look into
[Timothy Pratt book; Gerard Maral book; and also Tri T Ha for those looking for a much more advanced book].
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Concepts, Bad Mathmatics 7 Nov 2004
By R.D.K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While the book covers a wide range of topics and does a fairly good job at introducing the reader to satellite communications; there are many glaring errors contained in this edition.

Many of the equations given are incomplete or simply wrong. Many of the chapter problems have similar problems and nearly every section has incorrect chapter answers given in the back of the book.

Professionals with a grasp of the material may find the book useful however students and those new to the material will have trouble following the mathematical concepts due to misleading equations and incorrect examples given throughout the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference!! 20 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roddy has written the definitive reference on Satellite Communications. All the main topics are covered here including orbital mechanics, on board systems, ground stations and link analysis. Topics are covered in sufficient detail but in easy to understand format appropriate for self study. Digitally processed payloads are also covered here, but I would have liked to see information on recent trends in on board switching, ATM over satellite and TCP/IP over satellite. I would also have liked to see more information about mobile systems and networking over LEO systems. These omissions do not detract from the overall quality, rather, they are sugesstions for future revisions of the text. Another suggestion would be to move the references from the back of the text to the end of each chapter. The basic content here is solid!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the general satelite books 26 April 2001
By CK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a communications engineer and I found the comm section of this book superbly written. The presentation is crystal clear and examples illuminating. A rare book that keeps theory to a minimum and conveys the maximum amount of practical knowledge. I recommend it highly. You may also see my other recommendations in the communications area at my website ....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Garbage 4 Mar 2006
By Mathew J. Heathvanhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roddy should be ashamed of this publication. As a third edition textbook, one would hope the that numerous typos and VERY NUMEROUS mathematical operation errors would have been corrected by now. Roddy switches symbols from example to example, sometimes even within the same example!!!! Mathematical constants such as the speed of light, circumfereance of the earth, etc... are very often wrong. After reading 10 chapter's of this book, I have learned not to take any of Roddy's published standards at face value and I google them all for accuracy. This is very hard text to learn from unless you already know the 3-4 synominous terms that Roddy might use to explain the principles he is trying to explain. There is also a lot of "poof" calculations, where everything is thrown into mathcad and a result pops out. Not a good textbook for beginers or intermediates.
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