Group “Satellite Communications Techniques”

The research group "Satellite Communications Techniques" is concerned with new transmission techniques and new concepts for future satellite communications systems. Main targets are the improvement of bandwidth and power efficiency, the  improvement of transmission quality, higher throughput and data rates, and the development of new application areas. All kinds of satellite systems are taken into account, mobile and broadband systems, systems for commercial or governmental use, or systems for space exploration.

Research areas of the group are:

  • Channel Measurements and Channel Modeling for Mobile and Broadband SatComs
    • L, S, Ku, Ka, and Higher Frequency Bands
  • Fade Mitigation Techniques for Satellite Systems
    • Adaptive Coding and Modulation
    • Diversity Methods
  • Interference Management
    • Pre-Coding
    • Interference Cancellation
    • Resource Management to reduce Interference
  • On-Board Switching
  • Air Interface and Receiver Design
  • Protocol Design and Verification
    • MAC Layer
    • Network Coding
  • Very High Throughput Satellite Systems
  • GEO Data Relais
  • SDR and FPGA Testbeds

The group is conducting system- and protocol simulations for performance analysis as well as demonstrations and measurements. Experimental satellite terminals are available for the demonstration of new algorithms and transmission techniques.

Dr.-Ing. Hermann Bischl
German Aerospace Center

Institute of Communications and Navigation
, Satellite Networks
Tel: +49 8153 28-2884

Fax: +49 8153 28-2844

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