Checking date: 30/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Satellite and space communications
Study: Bachelor in Mobile and Space Communications Engineering (217)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA ARMADA, ANA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Signal and Communications Theory

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
There are no specific requirements for this subject.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Competencies and learning outcomes: - Choose the most appropriate architectures and platforms for a problem of satellite or space communications - Design orbits and locate the satellite in them - Analyze the coverage through link budgets - Choose the most appropriate modulations and multiple access techniques - Integrally design a space or satellite communications system
Description of contents: programme
This course provides an overview of satellite communication systems and the background to address the integral design of this type of systems. The specificities of space communication systems for space missions, within the solar system and in outer space, are also tackled. The subject covers the following topics: 1. Introduction. Overview of the architecture and satellite and space communications platforms 2. Orbital concepts and angles 3. Satellite subsystems, link budget and planning 4. Modulation and multiple access for satellite and space communications 5. Satellite communications standards 6. Communications systems in space missions 7. Overview of emerging systems and technologies.
Learning activities and methodology
The subject is developed through lectures, problems and practical cases, illustration of the concepts through simulations and personal work of the students.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • G. Maral, M. Bousquet. "Satellite communications systems: systems, techniques and technology. John Wiley & Sons. 1998

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.