Satellite Communications

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Sandro Scalise
Duration3 SWS
TermWintersemester 2022/23
Language of instructionEnglish


Admission information


After this course, students are able to understand and apply the basics of satellite communications and the specificities of satellite networks. Moreover, they are able to use their basic knowledge of satellite communication systems in concrete tasks and have a broad overview of existing and planned systems for different application scenarios.


1. Introduction and Historical Notes 2. Orbits and Geometry (including also constellations) 3. Link Budget 4. Fading and Channel Models 5. Transmission Aspects 6. Multiple Access and Multiplexing 7. Capacity and System Sizing 8. Payload Aspects 9. Radio Resource Management 10. Network and Transport Protocols 11. Overview Existing Satellite Systems 12. Overview Future Satellite Systems


The following modules should have been successfully completed: - Kommunikationsnetze (Communication Networks) - Nachrichtentechnik 1+2 (Telecommunications 1+2) - Mobile Communications The following additional modules are recommended: - Channel Coding - Channel Codes for Iterative Decoding - Coded Modulations - System Aspects in Communications

Teaching and learning methods

- Presentations - Blackboard - Exercise task descriptions and solutions - Selected scientific publications


In a 90-minutes written examination students are required to answer typical problems that arise in the field of satellite communications and apply their knowledge via short calculations. During the semester, an optional graded 45-minutes written midterm examination is offered. It accounts for 25% of the final grade, but will be credited only if this results in an improvement of the overall grade. In the midterm exam students demonstrate understanding of the basics of communications required to further follow the lecture. Students are allowed to use 8 handwritten DIN A4 pages and a non-programmable pocket calculator.