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Mahendra Institute of Technology, Mahendhirapuri
Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering
Name of the Faculty: J.Vijay anandh
Name of the Subject: Satellite Communication (080290077)

Year&Sem: IV & VIII

: ECE - B

16 Mark Question bank for Unit I Orbit Dynamics

1.(i) State and explain Keplers laws.
(ii) Explain the orbital perturbations.
2. (i) Discuss the effects of nonspherical earth and atmospheric drag on satellite communications.
(ii) Discuss about frequency allocations for satellite services.
3. What are look angles? Explain how they are determined?
4. What are orbital elements? Explain them.
5. Explain the determination of sub-satellite point.
6. (i) Discuss about sun transit outage.
(ii) Write short notes on limits of visibility.
7. Explain about launching of Geo stationary satellites.
16 Mark Question bank for Unit II Space Segment and Link Design
1.(i) Explain the attitude control of a satellite with necessary diagrams.
(ii) Write a brief note on TT and C subsystem.
2. Discuss in detail various units of transponder.
3. (i) Explain the effect of rain and ice on satellite communication systems.
(ii) How does the system noise temperature affect the performance? Derive the expression for overall
system noise temperature at the receiving earth station.
4. (i) Obtain the link power budget equation and carrier to noise ratio of receiver satellite.
(ii) Explain the operation of input demultiplexer with block diagram. (8+8)
5. (i) What is thermal control? Why is it required?
(ii) What is the chief advantage of the TWTA used abroad satellites compared to other types of high
power amplifiers? What are the main advantages of TWTA?
6. Write short notes on polarization.
16 Mark Question bank for Unit III Satellite Access
1. (i) Discuss the principles of CDMA. Explain applications of CDMA in satellite communication.
(ii) Explain satellite switched TDMA.
2. (i) Explain the TDMA burst and frame structure of satellite system. Draw the necessary diagrams.
(ii) Describe the TDMA system.
3. (i) Discuss in detail about direct sequence spread spectrum and mention its advantages.
(ii) Distinguish between preassigned FDMA and demand assigned FDMA in relation to a satellite
communication network.
4. Write short notes on analog transmission system.
5. Explain in detail about digital transmission system.
6. With neat diagram, explain the functioning of SPADE system.
16 Mark Question bank for Unit IV Earth Segment
1. (i) With a block diagram explain home receiver indoor unit.
(ii) Write about EIRP and carrier to noise ratio of receiver satellite.
2. Explain in detail transmit receive earth stations (or) Explain in detail Earth stations.


3. Explain in detail about TVRO.
4. Write short notes on MATV and CATV.
16 Mark Question bank for Unit V Satellite Applications
1. Write short notes on (i) VSAT (ii) Radarsat.
2. What is meant by DTH? What are the design issues to be considered for launching DTH systems?
3. (i) Discuss in detail about the Global Positioning Satellite system.
(ii) Write brief notes on the advantages and disadvantages of using satellites in LEOs, MEOs and
GEOs for mobile satellite communications.
4. (i) Explain the applications of GPS system.
(ii) Explain about Satellite Mobile Services.
5. Write short notes on (i) INTELSAT series (ii) INSAT (iii) INMARSAT.
6. Explain (i) Direct Broadcast Satellites (DBS) (ii) Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)
(iii) GRAMSAT.
7. Discuss about (i) Business TV (BTV) (ii) Digital Video Broadcast (iii) GSM.
Two marks
Unit I Orbit Dynamics
1. Distinguish between mean anomaly and true anomaly.
2. List out the frequency bands used for satellite services.
3. State Keplers second law of planetary motion.
4. What are geostationary satellites?
5. What are polar orbiting satellites?
6. What is sub-satellite point? What is its significance?
7. What is sun transit outage?
8. What is the difference between a geostationary orbit and a geosynchronous orbit?
9. Define apogee and perigee height.
10. Mention the 3 regions to allocate frequency for satellite services.
Unit II Space Segment and Link Design
1. What is meant by Hohmann transfer orbit?
2. What is meant by momentum wheel stabilization?
3. What is meant by input back off of a transponder?
4. Give the formulae to compute the uplink carrier to noise ratio.
5. What is a transponder?
6. Define noise figure.
7. What is frequency reuse?
8. Write about station keeping.
9. What is polarization interleaving.
10. What is intermodulation noise?
Unit III Satellite Access
1. What are the limitations of FDMA-satellite access?
2. Distinguish between pre-assigned and demand-assigned TDMA satellite access.
3. What is CDMA?
4. Mention the merits and demerits of TDMA over FDMA.
5. What is the function of burst code?
6. What is single access and multiple access technique?


7. What is meant by freeze out?
8. What is SCPC?
9. What is meant by decoding quenching?
10. Define guard time.
Unit IV Earth Segment
1. In most satellite TV receivers, the first IF band is converted to a second fixed IF. Why is this second
frequency conversion required?
2. Define earth segment.
3. Define S/N ratio.
4. Explain about MATV system.
5. What is noise weighting?
6. Explain about CATV.
7. What is an EIRP?
8. Define noise factor.
9. What is noise power spectral density?
10. Define saturation flux density.
Unit V Satellite Applications
1. Give the applications of satellite.
2. What are the various compression standards used in satellite applications?
3. What is the orbital spacing of satellites?
4. What are VSATs?
5. Mention the objectives of Radarsat.
6. What is transponder capacity?
7. List out the INSAT series.
8. What is dilution of precision?
9. Give the satellite mobile services.
10. Give the frequency range of US DBS systems with high power and medium power satellites.

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