Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorDimitrios Babas
Course ID600016901

Programme of Study: Electronic Physics (Radioelectrology)

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
TĪLEPIKOINŌNIESCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)328

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Antennas, Telecommunications
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to introduce the postgraduate student in satellite communications emphasizing on subsystems, techniques and applications. The existing background in communication systems and antenna issues is enriched specializing in fields like radiolink theory, communication techniques, coding, multiple access, networks and Tx/Rx systems. Also, among the aims of the course is a state of the art update on key emerging technologies and applications as well as on future systems and innovative research areas.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Introduction (2 hours) Historical overview, Financial Issues, Development of S.C., System Organization, Orbit Types, Applications – Services – ESA - the RCL-AUTh projects 2. Radio-link Analysis (6 hours) Antenna parameters, Propagation in real conditions, Noise and SNR at the receiver input, Design limitations: Influence of the propagation media and mitigation - Regulations - Functional limitations, Overall link performance, Interference. 3. Baseband signals and Quality of Service (QoS) (2 hours) Digital Telephony, Television - DVB-S, Radio - DAB, Data, Performance objectives, Service availability, Time Delay 4. Communication Techniques (2 hours) Digital Transmission, Encryption – Channel encoding – Energy dispersion – Modulation, Error Probability, Spectral Efficiency, Decoding and Error Correction 5. Multiple Access (4 hours) Call Traffic, Throughput of a Multiple Access Technique, FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, Fixed and On-demand assignment, Random Access. 6. Multibeam Satellite Networks (2 hours) Multibeam satellites (frequency re-use, Interconnection techniques), Scanning beam interconnection, Intersatellite links (ISL) 7. Regenerative satellites (2 hours) Radiolink via a regenerative satellite, Onboard processing, Switching 8. Communication Payload (4 hours) Operation and characteristics, Repeater organization, Antenna coverage and technical characteristics, HELLASAT
Satellite, Communications, Link Budget, Communication Techniques, Multiple Access, Networks, Communication Payload
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching material through powerpoint and video presentations Electronic access of teaching material, communication with the students, assignment submission via elearning moodle
Course Organization
Reading Assigment391.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Student Assessment
1. Written Final Exams (80%) 2. Assignment (submission + presentation) (20%) 3. Homework exercises during the semester (maximum bonus: 1/10 grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. G. Maral, M. Bousquet, “Satellite Communications Systems – Systems, Techniques and Technology”, Wiley, 5th Ed. Chichester, UK, 2009. 2. B. Elbert, “Introduction to Satellite Communication”, Artech House, 3rd Ed., Norwood, USA, 2008. 3. Z. Sun, “Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols”, Wiley, 5th Ed. Chichester, UK, 2005. 4. D. Roddy, “Satellite Communications”, McGraw-Hill, 4th Ed., N. York, 2006. 5. L.J. Ippolito Jr., “Satellite Communications Systems Engineering”, Wiley, Chichester, UK, 2008. 6. T. Pratt, Ch.W. Bostian, J.E. Allnutt, “Δορυφορικές Επικοινωνίες“, Εκδόσεις Παπασωτηρίου, 2η Εκδ., 2009 (μετάφραση του Satellite Communications, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed. Chichester, UK, 2003).
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