Mobile Satellite Communications - Principles and Trends

Table of contents

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Scope and organisation
1.2 Evolution of mobile telecommunications
  1.2.1 Terrestrial systems
  1.2.2 Satellite systems
1.3 Satellite system architecture
1.4 Business plans
1.5 Regulatory considerations
1.6 Operational considerations
1.7 Mobile systems - a comparison
1.8 Example applications
1.9 Practical limitations
1.10 Related satellite systems
1.11 Trends
  1.11.1 General
  1.11.2 Market
  1.11.3 System architecture
  1.11.4 Spectrum
  1.11.5 Technology

2.0 Satellite Constellation
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Satellite orbits
  2.2.1 Satellite Coverage
  2.2.2 Space environment
  2.2.3 Eclipse on satellite
  2.2.4 The Sun's interference
  2.2.5 Doppler Effect
  2.2.6 Orbital Debris
  2.2.7 Summary of orbital characteristics
2.3 Satellite constellations
  2.3.1 Considerations in constellation design
  2.3.2 Polar constellations
  2.3.3 Inclined orbit constellations
  2.3.4 Hybrid constellations
  2.3.5 Regional coverage
  2.3.6 Constellations for non real time system
  2.3.7 Use of Spot beams
  2.3.8 Availability considerations for non-geostationary satellites

3.0 Radio Link
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Spectrum Issues
  3.2.1 Spectrum sharing methods
  3.2.2 Spectrum forecast methodology
3.3 Propagation Characteristics
  3.3.1 General propagation characteristics
  3.3.2 Land mobile channel
  3.3.3 Maritime channel
  3.3.4 Aeronautical channel
3.4 Radio link analysis

4.0 Modulation, Coding and Multiple access
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Modulation
  4.2.1 Coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) modulation
  4.2.2 Spread spectrum modulation
4.3 Coding
  4.3.1 Trellis Coded Modulation (TCM)
  4.3.2 Automatic-Repeat-Request
4.4 Multiple access schemes
 4.4.1 Comparison of multiple access schemes

5.0 Communicators
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Gateways
5.3 Mobile Terminals
5.3.1 Antennas
5.3.2 Handheld Communicators
5.3.3 Vehicle mounted terminals
    5.3.3.1 Ship borne
    5.3.3.2 Land mobile portable sets
    5.3.3.3 Aeronautical terminals
5.4 Environmental Issues
  5.4.1 Biological effects
5.5 Next Generation Technology

6.0 Spacecraft
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Satellites for MSS
  6.2.1 Transponders
  6.2.2 Antenna Systems
  6.2.3 Effects of orbital altitude
6.3 Inter-satellite links
6.4 Emerging technologies
6.5 Launching satellite constellations

7.0 Commercial Issues
7.1 Introduction
7.2 System planning
7.3 Service distribution model
7.4 Billing Issues
7.5 Investment routes
7.6 Regulatory issues
7.7 Traffic Forecast

8.0 System Architecture
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Air interface
8.3 System Development
  8.3.1 Influences
  8.3.2 Constraints and considerations
  8.3.3 System Synthesis
  8.3.4 Technical trade-off analysis
  8.3.5 Impact of satellite altitude
8.4 Network considerations
  8.4.1 Mobility Management
8.5 Network Management
  8.5.1 Radio Resource Management
    8.5.1.1 Spectrum management
    8.5.1.2 Traffic analysis
8.5.2 EIRP management
 8.5.3 Radio frequency monitoring
 8.5.4 Quality of service
8.6 Licensing Issues

9.0 Representative MSS Systems
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Representative examples
  9.2.1 Geostationary satellite systems
    9.2.1.1 Inmarsat system
    9.2.1.2 American Mobile Satellite System
    9.2.1.3 Asia Cellular Satellite System (ACes)
    9.2.1.4 EUTELTRACS
  
9.2.2 Big LEO systems
    9.2.2.1 Iridium
    9.2.2.2 Globalstar
  9.2.3 Little LEO system
    9.2.3.1 ORBCOMM
  9.2.4 Medium Earth Orbit systems
    9.2.4.1 ICO
  9.2.5 Hybrid orbit system
    9.2.5.1 Ellipso system

10.0 Related Satellite Systems
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Distress and safety systems
  10.2.1 Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue system
10.3 Navigation systems
  10.3.1 Background
  10.3.2 Satellite Navigation Principles
  10.3.3 Navigation system examples
    10.3.3.1 Global positioning system (GPS)
    10.3.3.2 Glonass
    10.3.3.3 Galileo
10.4 Direct satellite sound broadcast
  10.4.1 Technical considerations
  10.4.2 Transmission standards
  10.4.3 DAB system configuration
  10.4.4 Space segment
  10.4.5 Status of DAB systems
10.5 Direct television broadcast system
10.6 Very small aperture terminal systems
10.7 Terrestrial cellular system

11.0 Future Trends
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Trends
11.3 Integrated Mobile Communications Networks
  11.3.1 Satellite International Mobile Telecommunication-2000
  11.3.2 Beyond UMTS
11.4 Broadband systems
11.5 Little LEO systems
11.6 ATM over satellite
11.7 Role of satellite in future networks

APPENDIX 1
A.1 Orbital characteristics of proposed and operational systems
A.2 GEO Constellations
A.3 Proposed regional super-geostationary systems
A.4 Typical link Parameters of first generation regional GEO system
A.5 Gateways of non-geostationary satellite systems
  A.5.1 Iridium
  A.5.2 ICO
A.6 Satellite launchers

Index

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