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Satellite Communications Payload and System


Book by Teresa M. Braun published jointly by John Wiley & Sons and the IEEE in September 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-470-54084-8).

Available for purchase on and Amazon. In print and four e-book formats. For discount on large purchases, e-mail Kari Capone at

Purpose of book is to provide communications-satellite payload engineers and technical satellite-procurement personnel the knowledge they need, which until now has been gotten only through 10 to 20 years of experience.  The book also describes the end-to-end satellite-communications system.  The book facilitates cross-over work: e.g. the payload engineer will know enough to analyze the effect of a specification non-compliance on end-to-end system performance, and the system developer will understand the time-varying payload performance.


Intended audience is primarily working engineers; secondarily, students of systems engineering, RF and microwave, and modeling and simulation, who could use selected parts of the book.

Table of Contents





Part I. Satellite Payload

1.      Introduction

2.      Payload's On-Orbit Environment

3.      Antenna

4.      Filter and Payload-Integration Elements

5.      Low-Noise Amplifier and Frequency Converter

6.      Preamplifier and High-Power Amplifier

7.      Payload's Communications Parameters

8.      More Analyses for Payload Development

9.      Processing Payload

Part II. Payload in End-to-End Communications System

10. Principles of Digital Communications Theory

11. Communications Link

12. Probabilistic Treatment of Multi-Beam Downlinks

13. End-to-End Communications System Model with Focus on Payload


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