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Satellite Communications

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An introduction with a historical overview of satellite communications starts out the fundamentals on satellite communications, in particular: satellite orbits, payloads, platforms, and radio regulations. We then delve into signaling formats and channel coding for satellite communications, link analysis for both the uplink and downlink, and multiple access management.

The course continues with applications of satellite communications for mobile systems, internet over satellite, and digital TV broadcast, as well as satellite networking. An
overview of novel technology trends is given, specifically: Software-defined radios (SDR) for satellite communications, cognitive radios for satellite applications, software-defined networking (SDN), and delay and disruption tolerant networking (DTNs). 

Instructors: Prof. Claudio Sacchi, University of Trento, and Dr. Christian Schlegel, FIEEE, Professor and NSERC Chair

This course contains an initial intensive lecture component, and a project component in a second phase. The projects are defined in consultation with the instructors and form the basis for the grade of the course. This course is currently taught at Dalhousie as ECED 6910/7910 (Summer 2016) with the schedule below. All lectures in the following location: Sexton Campus, A.L. MacDonald Bldg, D413

  • May 30--June 3, 9am-12pm, Intensive Lectures component (Prof. Sacchi)
  • June 10, Project Definition due
  • June 13--Aug 1, Project phase (Prof. Schlegel)
  • Aug 5, Class projects due

The 5-day syllabus delivered by Prof. Sacchi will be

  1. Day: Introduction with historical overview of satellite communications (1 hour). Fundamentals on satellite communications (2 hours)
  2. Day: Signalling formats and channel coding for satellite communications (3 hours)

  3. Day: Link analysis (uplink and downlink) (3 hours)

  4. Day: Multiple access management (3 hours)

  5. Day: Applications: satellite for mobile communications (1.5 hours). Overview of novel technology trends (1.5 hours).

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