Internet, IT, Space, Telecomunications, Wireless

Introduction to communication satellites

The post’s subject is how the communication satellites work. These satellites make retransmission of radio, television, telephone and internet signals.

Architecture and components

The satellite bus is a primary structure where stay the passive temperature control, chemical or electrical directional thrusters, nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H) batteries and motion control with optical and magnetic sensors.

The bus structure of a cubesat.

Every satellite needs foldable solar panels with many p-n junctions one above other. The most used materials are germanium, indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) and gallium arsenide and indium (InGaAs). This is the solar cell layer arrangement, ARC means anti-reflexive coating.

The electronic part has receivers, amplifiers, multiplexers, switches and processors, which make the repeater, and the antennas UHF, GPS and operation bands. The satellite repeaters need a dedicated post which will be published in the future. Satellites need the transponder, the link between the transmitter and receiver parts.

The table of frequency bands operated by satellites.

Satellite orbit

The communication satellites stay in various orbits. There is the geostationary orbit, when the satellite has the same speed of Earth`s rotation and stay stopped in relation to Earth, have the altitude of 36,000 km. The geosynchronous orbit is when the satellite change the latitude constantly but longitude is the same in relation to Earth.

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) goes from 750 to 2500 km of altitude, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) is from 7500 to 10,000 km and High Earth Orbit (HEO) extends from 15,000 to 20,000 km.

Stations in Earth

The communication satellites need stations in Earth to transmit and receive signals. The satellites which offer FSS need stations with great parabolic antennas to receive and transmit signals.

The MSS satellites can transmit signals to mobile devices such as phones and to remote areas. Also can communicate with ships, airplanes and land vehicle. The BSS systems transmit to mobile, fixed station and radio base stations.



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