7. Satellite Link Design Fundamentals

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch7

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Satellite Link Design Fundamentals, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch7

Author Information

  1. Both of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660249

Online ISBN: 9780470711736



  • Earth station;
  • noise considerations;
  • operating frequency;
  • propagation considerations;
  • satellite communication link;
  • sources of interference


This chapter focuses on the important parameters that govern the design of a satellite communication link. The significance of each one of these parameters are discussed vis-‘a-vis the overall link performance in terms of both quantity and quality of services provided by the link, without of course losing sight of the system complexity of both the Earth station and the space segment and the associated costs involved therein. The chapter provides a brief introduction to various parameters that characterize a satellite link or influence its design. Each one of these parameters is then dealt with in greater detail. This is followed by the basics of link design and the associated mathematical treatment, which is illustrated with a large number of illustrations and design examples. Important parameters that influence the design of a satellite communication link include the following: choice of operating frequency, propagation considerations, noise considerations and interference-related problems.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

radiofrequency interference; satellite communication