Course detail

Satellite Control and Management

FEKT-MPA-SCMAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course is focused on understanding the satellite communication in comparison with terrestrial radio systems. Within the course, key aspects of signal transmission by both types of systems are presented, their different properties and requirements are pointed out. For satellite links, satellite orbits, their properties, and the method of calculating the position prediction are also discussed. The basic components and structure of a communication satellite are briefly described. Examples of both terrestrial links and examples of various fixed and mobile service satellite communication systems, including satellite navigation systems, are given. Attention is also focused on the evaluation of the energy balance of the satellite link.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate of the course is able to describe basic satellite components, describe and explain differences in radio communication in terrestrial directional and satellite links, describe disturbing effects affecting the propagation of radio waves in terrestrial directional and satellite links, explain the principles of satellite navigation, basic components of the satellite body.


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


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, computer exercises and laboratories. The course uses e-learning (Moodle).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain 35 points during the semester, of which 20 points is for laboratory exercises and 15 points is for computer exercises. The final exam is evaluated by 65 points.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, history of directional and satellite links.
2. General description of satellite systems, ground and space segment
3. Orbits of artificial cosmic bodies with disturbing influences and their predictions
4. Propagation of electromagnetic waves and interfering influences in satellite communications
5. Basic structure of a satellite - space probes, design
6. Satellite navigation systems, methods of position stabilization, maneuvering
7. Satellite transponders
8. Satellite technology
9. Link budget of a satellite link
10. Signals: types of transmitted signals, ranging, commanding, telemetry
11. Global satellite navigation
12. Deep Space Network
13. Research and experimental spacecrafts

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to explain the specifics of radio communication in terrestrial directional and satellite communications, to acquaint the students with the problems of motion and satellite construction, to teach them to evaluate the energy balance of the connection and describe the basic features of important communication systems in this area.

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

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-SAP Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer