Satellite Signal Propagation, Impairments and Mitigation

Satellite Signal Propagation, Impairments and Mitigation

1st Edition - August 1, 2017

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  • Author: Rajat Acharya
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097328
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097335

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Satellite Signal Propagation, Impairments and Mitigation covers issues related to satellite link design. The book develops every concept from elementary physics, covering the basics of signal propagation from Maxwell’s equations and then gradually developing the physical reasons for impairments. It emphasizes the unique concepts for each involved process, based on their physics, and explains how they form the determining factors for the related suitable engineering technique for mitigation. Every basic principle is followed by mathematical substantiation with an explanation of the physics behind the equations.

Key Features

  • Covers the basics of signal propagation, starting from Maxwell’s equations and then gradually developing the physical reasons for the impairments
  • Includes different important propagation experiments conducted and detailed in the Appendix
  • Employs the power of MATLAB® as both a visualization and problem-solving tool
  • Provides MATLAB scripts for simulation exercises


Space systems engineers, also postgraduate students and researchers working in the field of space communication

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    1.1 Introduction to Satellite communication

    1.2 Satellite Signals and Performance

    1.3 Atmosphere

    1.4 Propagation Impairments

    1.5 How to best utilize the book?

    Chapter 2: Maxwell’s Equation and EM Waves

    2.1 Electric and Magnetic fields

    2.2 Maxwell’s Equations: its meaning and importance

    2.3 Static case: Electrostatics and Magnetostatics

    2.4 Dynamic case

    2.5Wave equations and their solution

    2.6 Direction of Wave flow & Poynting Vector

    2.7 Important Observations

    Chapter 3 : Interaction of waves with medium

    3.1 Electric materials

    3.2 Wave equation in medium

    3.3 Power utilisation in a dielectric

    3.4 Dispersive Nature of parameters

    3.5 Propagation Impairments:

    Chapter 4: Ionosphere and ionospheric Impairments

    4.1 Ionosphere

    4.2 Ionospheric Propagation

    4.3 Effects 

    Chapter 5 : Ionospheric impairments: Measurement and Mitigation

    5.1 Measurements

    5.2 Models of ionosphere

    5.3 Impairment Mitigations

    5.4 Applications

    Chapter 6 : Tropospheric Propagation and Impairments

    6.1 Troposphere – Constitution and Characteristics

    6.2 Propagation in Troposphere

    6.3 Factors Affecting Tropospheric Propagation

    Chapter 7 : Tropospheric Impairments: Measurements and Mitigation

    7.1 Measurements of Parameters

    7.2 Propagation Impairment Models

    Chapter 8 : Noise, Multipath and Interference

    8.1 Noise

    8.2 Multipath

    8.3 Interference 

    Chapter 9 : Satellite Link Performance

    9.1 Link Design Aspects

    9.2 Satellite links

    9.3 Performance



Product details

  • No. of pages: 322
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: August 1, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128097328
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097335

About the Author

Rajat Acharya

Dr. Rajat Acharya works as a Scientist at the Space Applications Centre, a unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He is involved with the Indian Satellite Navigation program of GAGAN and IRNSS for more than a decade with pertinent contributions in ionospheric modelling. He is also a Faculty member at the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education – Asia Pacific, where he teaches on the M.Tech course on Satellite Communications and Satellite Navigation. He serves as a visiting Professor at Gujurat University, teaching on the PG Diploma course on Geo-informatics and Satellite Communications. He was also a member of the working group on models and algorithms from ISRO in the second meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite System (ICG).

Affiliations and Expertise

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

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