1. Introduction

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch1

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) Introduction, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • Mobile Satellite Service (MSS);
  • satellite communications;
  • satellite systems;
  • VSAT systems


This introductory chapter of book, which aims to address an audience that is inquisitive and keen to understand the role of satellites in our daily lives and the underpinning concepts, and, in contrast to alternative offerings, the focus in the book is on the individual and the end-user application. It aims to provide all of the relevant concepts, in a clear and concise manner, together with descriptions of key systems as illustrations of their implementation in practice. Space technology comprises a number of branches satellite communications, satellite aids to the amateur, space exploration, radio astronomy, remote sensing/earth observation, military reconnais-sance/surveillance, deep-space communication, launch technology, interplanetary exploration, radio astronomy, space tourism, etc. The book focuses on those technologies where individuals benefit, in a direct or tangible way, from a satellite system. The chapter presents overview of the book and provides a sample of the use of satellite technology for personal applications.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

satellite communication; satellite navigation; VSAT networks