End to end modelling of a satellite communication system

Satellite communication systems are increasingly part of our daily life. The domination of broadcast services (satellite TV) is now being followed by the deployment of two-way multimedia satellite communication systems that enable internet access on mobile platforms such as trains and airplanes. In the future, satellite operators are likely to compete with terrestrial providers for internet connectivity in remote areas and gradually cities. This explosive growth in satellite communication systems has driven major technological developments in the underpinning technology; at baseband level, new protocols offering increased throughput and error correction capabilities have emerged. From an architecture perspective, satellite communication systems are moving from broad coverage to cellular networks that optimise spectrum efficiency. At technology level, new improved high frequency electronics are being constantly developed that improve the signal to noise ratio and bit error rate. The aim of this project is to model a complete real-life satellite communication system. The industry’s standard software (by Agilent) will be employed to model various baseband architectures, include the RF and channel characteristics, the satellite transponder features in order to eventually obtain the data throughput and quality of service. The student will familiarise with the details of a complete communication system and train with the industry’s standard software for modelling wireless communication links. This project is aligned with a major research grant awarded by the EU, which will aim to perform experiments using an experimental payload of the European Space Agency on-board the ALPHASAT satellite, launched July 2013.

Supervisor name: 
George Goussetis
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Deputy name: 
Symon Podilchak