Course detail

Satellite and Navigation Systems

FEKT-MPC-DNSAcad. year: 2021/2022

The proposed subject is focused on communiaction systems using satellites and methods of satellite navigation. The goal is to present students specific techniques of satellite communication, and to explain principles of 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 a meaning of individual parameters; (b) characterize parameters of a satellite orbit and explain a procedure of calculations of satellite location prediction; (c) define basic types of satellite orbits and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages; (d) clarify effects disturbing the satellite motion; (e) enumerate the satellite link budget in an uplink and a downlink, in case of clear sky and during rain conditions; (f) describe basic features of satellite communication systems providing fixed (VSAT, DBS, Intelsat, Eutelsat) and mobile (satellite telephony - Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya) services; (g) explain principles of satellite navigation; (h) describe basic features of global satellite navigation systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo; (i) and to apply GNSS in real systems.


A student who register the course should be able to: i) To build a simple program in Matlab; ii) Apply a radiocommunicaion equation.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

MARAL, G., BOUSQUET, M. Satellite Communication Systems. 5. ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 685 s. ISBN: 978-0-470-71458-4. (EN)
KASAL, M. Směrové a družicové spoje. Skripta FEKT VUT, dotisk 2007. ISBN 80-214-2496-6. (CS)
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

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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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 subject is to present students satellite communication and navigation systems, technologz of satellites, and localisation methods using GNSS.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-EKT Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

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