Satellite and its Types


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Satellite Communications:

Satellite Communications COE 341 Term Paper

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Topics of Presentation Applications Intro Lunching How it works Frequency Bands Satellites

What are Communication Satellites?:

What are Communication Satellites? A satellite is an object that orbits another large object like planet. A communication satellite is a station in space that is used for telecommunication, radio and television signals . The first satellite with radio transmitter was in 1957. Satellites are usually semi-independent computer-controlled systems. Satellite subsystems attend many tasks, such as power generation, thermal control, telemetry, attitude control and orbit control.


INTRODUCTION Satellite is a microwave repeater in the space. There are about 750 satellite in the space, most of them are used for communication. They are: Wide area coverage of the earth’s surface. Transmission delay is about 0.3 sec. Transmission cost is independent of distance.

Launching Of A Satellite:

Launching Of A Satellite In spaceflight, a launch vehicle or carrier rocket is a rocket used to carry a payload from the Earth's surface into outer space. A launch system includes the launch vehicle, the launch pad and other infrastructure. the payload is an artificial satellite placed into orbit, but some spaceflights aresub-orbital while others enable spacecraft to escape Earth orbit entirely. A launch vehicle which carries its payload on a suborbital trajectory is often called a sounding rocket

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A Russian Soyuz lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan heading for the ISS

Lunching Satellites:

Lunching Satellites How does a satellite stay in it’s orbit?


HOW DO SATELLITES WORK Two Stations on Earth want to communicate through radio broadcast but are too far away to use conventional means. The two stations can use a satellite as a relay station for their communication One Earth Station sends a transmission to the satellite. This is called a Uplink . The satellite Transponder converts the signal and sends it down to the second earth station. This is called a Downlink .


HOW SATELLITES ARE USED Service Types Fixed Service Satellites (FSS) Example: Point to Point Communication Broadcast Service Satellites (BSS) Example: Satellite Television/Radio Also called Direct Broadcast Service (DBS). Mobile Service Satellites (MSS) Example: Satellite Phones



Geostationary orbits:

Geostationary orbits What are them? -These satellites are in orbit 35,863 km above the earth’s surface along the equator. -Objects in Geostationary orbit revolve around the earth at the same speed as the earth rotates. This means GEO satellites remain in the same position relative to the surface of earth. When was the first use? The first truly geostationary satellite was the SYNCOM3 in 1964.

GEO (cont.):

GEO (cont.) Advantages A GEO satellite’s distance from earth gives it a large coverage area, almost a fourth of the earth’s surface. GEO satellites have a 24 hour view of a particular area. These factors make it ideal for satellite broadcast and other multipoint applications.

GEO (cont.):

GEO (cont.) Disadvantages A GEO satellite’s distance also cause it to have both a comparatively weak signal and a time delay in the signal, which is bad for point to point communication. GEO satellites, centered above the equator, have difficulty broadcasting signals to near polar regions

Medium Earth Orbit (MEO):

Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) What are them? -A MEO satellite is in orbit somewhere between 8,000 km and 18,000 km above the earth’s surface. -MEO satellites are similar to LEO satellites in functionality. -MEO satellites are visible for much longer periods of time than LEO satellites, usually between 2 to 8 hours. -MEO satellites have a larger coverage area than LEO satellites. When was the first use?

MEO (cont.):

MEO (cont.) Advantage A MEO satellite’s longer duration of visibility and wider footprint means fewer satellites are needed in a MEO network than a LEO network. Disadvantage A MEO satellite’s distance gives it a longer time delay and weaker signal than a LEO satellite, though not as bad as a GEO satellite.

Low Earth Orbit (LEO):

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) What are them? -LEO satellites are much closer to the earth than GEO satellites, ranging from 500 to 1,500 km above the surface. -LEO satellites don’t stay in fixed position relative to the surface, and are only visible for 15 to 20 minutes each pass. -A network of LEO satellites is necessary for LEO satellites to be useful When was the first use?

LEO (cont.):

LEO (cont.) Advantages A LEO satellite’s proximity to earth compared to a GEO satellite gives it a better signal strength and less of a time delay, which makes it better for point to point communication. A LEO satellite’s smaller area of coverage is less of a waste of bandwidth.

LEO (cont.):

LEO (cont.) Disadvantages A network of LEO satellites is needed, which can be costly LEO satellites have to compensate for Doppler shifts cause by their relative movement. Atmospheric drag effects LEO satellites, causing gradual orbital deterioration.

Other Orbits:

Other Orbits Molniya Orbit Satellites Used by Russia for decades. Molniya Orbit is an elliptical orbit. The satellite remains in a nearly fixed position relative to earth for eight hours. A series of three Molniya satellites can act like a GEO satellite. Useful in near polar regions.

Other Orbits (cont.):

Other Orbits (cont.) High Altitude Platform (HAP) One of the newest ideas in satellite communication. A blimp or plane around 20 km above the earth’s surface is used as a satellite. Haps' would have very small coverage area, but would have a comparatively strong signal. Cheaper to put in position, but would require a lot of them in a network.

Frequency Bands:

Frequency Bands Three common bands: C-Band. KU-Band. KA-Band. Most common are C-Band & KU-Band. C-Band occupy 4 to 8 GHz frequency: - Low frequency. - Large antenna (2-3 meters). KU-Band occupy 11 to 17 GHz: - Large frequency. - Small antenna (18-inches!)


Applications Telephony - Fixed points < earth station> Satellite> earth station> fixed points. Televesion & Radio - e.g. Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) & Fixed service satellite (FFS). Mobile satellite technology - Special antenna called mobile satellite antenna. - No matter where or how this antenna is mounted on.


Applications Amateur radio - Access to OSCAR satellite . - Low earth orbits. Internet - High Speed. - Useful for far away places. Military - Uses geostationary satellites. - Example: The Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS).


Disadvantages The antenna noise due to energy - Unwanted radiation sources (stars – galaxies - …etc) . - Worsen S/N ratio. Atmosphere behaves as a resistive medium - Supplies noise power to the antenna. Meteors - Have to be programmed to avoid any rock or any harmful thing. - Rules of orbits. Expensive - only for governments or large organizations.

In Conclusion:

In Conclusion Satellites remain the best utilization used for communications due to their speed and other advantages mentioned in this presentation. Thanks for Listening

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