Chapter 2. Satellite Orbits and Networking Concepts

  1. Zhili Sun

Published Online: 15 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/047087029X.ch2

Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols

Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols

How to Cite

Sun, Z. (2005) Satellite Orbits and Networking Concepts, in Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047087029X.ch2

Author Information

  1. University of Surrey, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470870273

Online ISBN: 9780470870297



  • satellite networking concepts;
  • satellite orbit parameters;
  • low earth orbit (leo) satellite;
  • Forward error correction (FEC);
  • satellite link availability;
  • Earth-to-space diversity;
  • physical or data-link level;
  • In-orbit network diversity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Laws of physics

  • Satellite orbit parameters

  • Useful orbits

  • Satellite link characteristics and modulations for transmissions

  • Forward error correction (FEC)

  • Multiple access techniques

  • Bandwidth allocation

  • Satellite networking issues

  • Further reading

  • Exercises