1st Edition

Radio Wave Propagation and Channel Modeling for Earth-Space Systems

    368 Pages
    by CRC Press

    367 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The accurate design of earth–space systems requires a comprehensive understanding of the various propagation media and phenomena that differ depending on frequencies and types of applications. The choice of the relevant channel models is crucial in the design process and constitutes a key step in performance evaluation and testing of earth–space systems. The subject of this book is built around the two characteristic cases of satellite systems: fixed satellites and mobile satellite systems.

    Radio Wave Propagation and Channel Modeling for Earth–Space Systems discusses the state of the art in channel modeling and characterization of next-generation fixed multiple-antennas and mobile satellite systems, as well as propagation phenomena and fade mitigation techniques. The frequencies of interest range from 100 MHz to 100 GHz (from VHF to W band), whereas the use of optical free-space communications is envisaged.

    Examining recent research advances in space-time tropospheric propagation fields and optical satellite communication channel models, the book covers land mobile multiple antennas satellite- issues and relative propagation campaigns and stratospheric channel models for various applications and frequencies. It also presents research and well-accepted satellite community results for land mobile satellite and tropospheric attenuation time-series single link and field synthesizers.

    The book examines aeronautical communications channel characteristics and modeling, relative radio wave propagation campaigns, and stratospheric channel model for various applications and frequencies. Propagation effects on satellite navigation systems and the corresponding models are also covered.

    Next-Generation MIMO Satellite Systems: From Channel Modeling to System Performance Evaluation. Propagation Phenomena and Modeling for Fixed Satellite Systems: Evaluation of Fade Mitigation Techniques. Mobile Satellite Channel Characterization. Land Mobile Satellite Channel Models. Propagation Effects on Satellite Navigation Systems. Tropospheric Attenuation Synthesizers. Review of Space–Time Tropospheric Propagation Models. Impact of Clouds from Ka Band to Optical Frequencies. Aeronautical Communications Channel Characteristics and Modeling: From Legacy toward Future Satellite Systems. Stratospheric Channel Models. Index.


    Athanasios G. Kanatas is a professor at the Department of Digital Systems and Dean of the School of Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Piraeus, Greece. He earned his diploma in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 1991, MSc in satellite communication engineering from the University of Surrey, Surrey, UK, in 1992, and PhD in mobile satellite communications from NTUA, Greece, in February 1997. Dr. Kanatas has published more than 130 papers in international journals and international conference proceedings. Dr. Kanatas has been a senior member of the IEEE since 2002.

    Athanasios D. Panagopoulos earned his diploma in electrical and computer engineering (summa cum laude) and PhD in engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in July 1997 and April 2002, respectively. Dr. Panagopoulos has published more than 135 papers in international journals and transactions and more than 190 papers in conference proceedings. He has also published more than 25 book chapters in international books. He is the recipient of the URSI General Assembly Young Scientist Award in 2002 and 2005. He is the editor of two international books on mobile and satellite communications.