Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liv
  2. Section 1 Satellite Communications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 19-25
    3. Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 27-66
    4. Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 93-114
    5. Peter Marshall, Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 115-134
    6. Ramesh Gupta, Dan Swearingen
      Pages 163-186
    7. Henry R. Hertzfeld
      Pages 221-238
    8. Takashi Iida, Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 397-426

About this book


Top space experts from around the world have collaborated to produce this comprehensive, authoritative, and clearly illustrated reference guide to the fast growing, multi-billion dollar field of satellite applications and space communications. This handbook, done under the auspices of the International Space University based in France, addresses not only system technologies but also examines market dynamics, technical standards and regulatory constraints. The handbook is a completely multi-disciplinary reference book that covers, in an in-depth fashion, the fields of satellite telecommunications, Earth observation, remote sensing, satellite navigation, geographical information systems, and geosynchronous meteorological systems. It covers current practices and designs as well as advanced concepts and future systems. It provides a comparative analysis of the common technologies and design elements for satellite application bus structures, thermal controls, power systems, stabilization techniques, telemetry, command and control (TTC), and orbital configurations. These common aspects are addressed in an integrated fashion to explain how all these space systems share similar design features, but also have quite specialized application packages to carry out their various missions. No other reference in print today provides such a comprehensive and in-depth guide to all forms of application satellites, including small sats as used by countries just beginning space application programs.


Earth observations Earth observations Geographic information systems Geographic information systems Geometsat systems Geometsat systems Geosynchronis meteorology satellites Geosynchronis meteorology satellites Satellite antennas and communication Satellite antennas and communication

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph N. Pelton
    • 1
  • Scott Madry
    • 2
  • Sergio Camacho-Lara
    • 3
  1. 1.International Space UniversityArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.International Space UniversityChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.CRECTEALCTonantzintlaMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7670-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7671-0
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