12. Satellite Communications Systems

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch12

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) Satellite Communications Systems, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch12

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



  • amateur communications;
  • fixed broadband systems;
  • military satellite communications;
  • mobile communications;
  • satellite communications systems


This chapter illustrates practical applications of the concepts and techniques Satellite Communications Systems by numerous examples. It highlights features of a few selected communication systems representing mobile, fixed, military and amateur services to illustrate the diverse techniques and the rationale applied. The chapter categorizes the mobile satellite service sector by: (i) orbit - GEO and LEO; (ii) throughput-broadband and narrowband. It presents the accomplishment of major European research initiatives under the auspices of the European Commission, and introduces some commercial initiatives pioneering the technology. The chapter discusses the military communications and examples of bespoke military satellite communication systems. Amateur satellite systems are developed, built and utilized for communication by radio amateur enthusiasts and like-minded communities and organizations to experience satellite communication first hand and promote the technology. The chapter explains the HAP Communications and introduces features of the Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR) satellites and amateur ground equipment.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

mobile communication; satellite communication