Satellite and Navigation Systems (Modul D)

Higher education teachers: Batagelj Boštjan
Credits: 5
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64678S

Subject description


  • Knowledge of subjects of general electrotechnics, mathematics and physics is recommended.

  • The prerequisite for the exam is the successful completion of exam for the course Mechanics and heat (Physic I).

Content (Syllabus outline):

Fundamentals of celestial mechanics, Kepler's laws, equation of satellite orbit, useful satellite orbits and their properties, transport of the satellite into orbit and trajectory adjustments. Space environment, managing the location and temperature of satellite, power sources on board the satellite. Properties of radio links Earth-satellite, satellite-satellite and satellite-Earth, Doppler shift in satellite communications. Design of satellite telecommunications equipment for point-to-point links, broadcasting, mobile telephony, satellite telecommand and telemetry. Ground navigation: Maritime (LORAN) Aeronautical (VOR, DME, ILS), positioning systems based on GSM and UMTS mobile telephony. Satellite radionavigation: Doppler systems Transit and Cikada, 3-D systems GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO. Primary and secondary radar, pulse and FM radars, Doppler radars. Remote sensing, passive radiometry, active radar with synthetic aperture.

Objectives and competences:

The purpose of this course is to provide principles and techniques of satellite radio links and basic of navigation systems. Understanding the basic laws of space technology, the possibilities and limitations of communication links with the space orbiter. Understanding the basics of ground and satellite radionavigation, radiolocation, and remote sensing.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding: Understanding the basics of space satellite technology with an emphasis on communications and radionavigation.
  • Application: The acquired knowledge will be useful in the design and use of satellite and navigation sstems.
  • reflection: For providers of satellite communications and navigation services, it is essential to have qualified staff that is familiar with the basic principles of operation and characteristics of satellite systems on a physical level.
  • Transferable skills: Synthetic problem solving, systems design based on knowledge of the properties space techniques, encyclopedic classification subsystems, satellite communications and navigation.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, where students are introduced by the theoretical basics and laboratory courses, where some of the problems are solved practically.

Study materials


  1. BATAGELJ, Boštjan. Satelitske komunikacije : študijsko gradivo. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Laboratorij za sevanje in optiko, 2013.
  2. BATAGELJ, Boštjan. Zbirka rešenih nalog iz satelitskih komunikacij. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Laboratorij za sevanje in optiko, 2012.
  3. Drago Matko (ur.). Uporaba vesoljskih tehnologij. Radovljica: Didakta, 1996, ISBN 86-7707-091-5.
  4. Matjaž Vidmar. Radiokomunikacije. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, 2005. ISBN 961-243-026-8.
  5. Matjaž Vidmar. Laboratorijske vaje iz radiokomunikacij. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, 2000. ISBN 961-6210-79-3.
  6. KOSTEVC, Drago. Navigacijske naprave in sistemi. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Založba FE in FRI, 2011. VI, 89 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-243-192-1.


Study in which the course is carried out

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