Mobile Satellite Communications: Principles and Trends (2nd Edition)


Author M. Richharia is an established technical author of repute and a highly experienced professional engineer holding in the past senior technical positions in International Mobile Satellite Organization and the Indian Space Research Organisation. He has lectured at Universities and various industrial courses internationally; published numerous technical papers; and authored two books on the subject. He was awarded the British Asian of the year award for Technology, 2003 by the Guild of British Asians for his contributions to this field. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET and IEEE. He is an independent consultant and the Managing Director of Knowledge Space Ltd.

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Demand for Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) is on the increase, with a huge surge of interest in mobile communications in recent years and high-pace advancements in the supporting system architectures, devices and applications. This thoroughly revised and updated book provides a comprehensive guide to the MSS technologies and emerging trends. It takes a system level approach, giving in-depth treatment of technical and business related issues. The author, a leading professional in the area, draws on his extensive experience in industry and research, to provide you with a sound and informed understanding of the technology.

Mobile Satellite Communications includes introductory material for the reader new to the field, in addition to exploring prevalent system concepts, architecture, practices and trends for the more experienced. An in-depth review of scientific principles merged with business models and regulatory considerations, presents a balanced perspective of commercial mobile satellite systems.

This book will be of interest to practicing engineers in mobile satellite communications and mobile broadcasting, research and development professionals working in these areas, mobile satellite service providers and operators. Academics and students studying satellite systems/technology, specialists in other classes of satellite systems, technical and marketing managers, strategists and planners of telecommunication systems, individuals interested in mobile communications, satellite and telecommunications/broadcasting technology will also find this book insightful.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive treatment of mobile satellite communications topics, including radio link aspects, satellite constellations, architectural and operational aspects, as well as business planning models, MSS radio interface standards, spectrum forecast methodologies and system examples
  • Addresses related themes such as mobile broadcasting, mobile VSATs, search and rescue and navigation systems
  • Introduces emerging technologies such as mobile broadband, television broadcasting to handheld units, advanced capacity enhancement techniques, hybrid system architecture concepts, including a rich sample of research topics such as multiple input multiple output, satellite-based ad-hoc networks, and highlights initiatives in the use of Q/V frequency bands
  • Includes revision questions at the end of each chapter
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