Course detail

Radio Relay and Satellite Communication

FEKT-NSDSAcad. year: 2015/2016

Terminology and classification of radio relay and satellite communications systems. Bandplans. Transmission analog and digital techniques. Multiple access. Analog and digital systems architecture, the ground segment, the space segment. Satellite orbits. Links analysis. Satellite technology. Organization of the fixed, mobile and broadcasting satellite services. Experimental, weather and navigating satellites. Deep space networks. The laboratory training includes measurements on satellite systems and their simulators. Excursion to the Space communication center of the Czech Republic.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of radio relay and satellite communication. In the laboratories they work with a complex satellite link simulatotor in the C band as well as with real experimental satellites. They learn satellite tracking, satellite signals processing including pictures and telemetry.


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

MARAL, G., BOUSQUET, M. Satellite Communications Systems. John Wiley&Sons Ltd. England 1993 (EN)
EVANS, B. G. Satellite Communication systems 3rd edition. The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London 2000, United Kingdom (EN)
PRATT,T.-BOSTIAN,C.-ALLNUTT,J.: Satellite Communications. John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2003, p. 536 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for completion of a course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The radio relay and satellite communication systems, with individual access particularly (VSAT, INMARSAT, IRIDIUM, GPS etc.) are still more applied in wireless networks and need education of qualified specialists in graduate and postgraduate studies. The course is pointed to understanding of physical features of the satellite communication in relation to the terrestrial radio systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-MN Master's

    branch MN-EST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

14 hours, compulsory

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Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

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