8. Earth Station

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch8

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Earth Station, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch8

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



  • broadcast satellite service (BSS) earth stations;
  • earth station;
  • earth station architecture;
  • fixed satellite service (FSS) earth stations;
  • mobile satellite service (MSS) earth stations;
  • satellite tracking


Three essential elements of any satellite communication network or system include the Earth segment, the space segment and the up/down link between the space segment and the Earth segment. This chapter comprehensively covers different subsystems that make up a typical satellite Earth station and the key factors governing its design. First, it provides a brief introduction to the Earth station in terms of its role and significance in the overall satellite communication network. Next, the chapter discusses the different types of Earth stations along with their architecture and different subsystems constituting an Earth station. Key performance parameters and other factors governing the design of an Earth station are also discussed. The chapter concludes with an overview of some of the major Earth stations around the world in terms of available infrastructure, range of services offered and so on.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

earth orbit; satellite communication; satellite tracking