Course detail

Satellite and Navigation Systems

FEKT-MPA-DNSAcad. year: 2021/2022

The proposed course is focused on the communiaction systems using satellites and methods of the satellite navigation. The goal is to acquaint students eith the specific techniques of the satellite communication and to explain principles of the global navigation satellite systems and methods of localization.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to: (a) write down the communication equation and explain the meaning of the individual parameters; (b) characterize the parameters of a satellite orbit and explain the procedure of calculations of the satellite location prediction; (c) define basic types of satellite orbits and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages; (d) clarify the perturbation effects of the satellite motion; (e) enumerate the satellite link budget in the uplink and downlink, in case of clear sky and during the rain conditions; (f) describe basic features of the satellite communication systems providing fixed (VSAT, DBS, Intelsat, Eutelsat) and mobile (satellite telephony - Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya) services; (g) explain the principles of the satellite navigation; (h) describe the basic features of the global satellite navigation systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo; (i) and to apply the GNSS in real systems.


The knowledge of the Bachelor degree level is required, and the knowledge of the radiofrequency and microwave techniques, and of the digital signal processing are recommended.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


MARAL, G., BOUSQUET, M. Satellite Communication Systems. 5. ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 685 s. ISBN: 978-0-470-71458-4. (EN)
PRATT, T., BOSTIAN, C., ALLNUTT J. Satellite Communications. Hoboken: John Wiley&Sons Ltd., 2003. ISBN 04-713-7007-X. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Satellite links, classificatopon, examples.
2. Satellite orbits, Kepler's laws.
3. Satellite link budget.
4. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in satellite links.
5. Modulation techniques and channel coding in satellite links.
6. Technology of satellites.
7. Satellite communication systems, examples.
8. Global navigation satellite systems, principles.
9. Algorithms for time and position calculation.
11. GNSS receivers, communication interfaces.
12. Augmented GNSS.
13. GNSS applications.


The goal of the course is to acquaint students with the satellite communication and navigation systems, technology of the satellites, and methods of localization using GNSS.

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

Evaluation of the activities is specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAD-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAJ-TEC Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer