This is an introductory course in satellite communications for the non-engineer. It covers the basic systems technology for all types of satellite systems for telecommunications including Fixed Satellite Systems (FSS), Mobile Satellite Systems, and Broadcast Satellite Systems (BSS) as well as provides a quick introduction to all ITU defined communications and scientific services. This course gives an overview of spacecraft structures, power systems, advances in solar cells, thermal management, radiation and high energy bombardment, stabilization and deployment techniques, TTC&M, and orbital orientation. It also provides the basic concepts and a working understanding with regard to modulation, multiplexing, and coding systems for modern communications satellite transmission systems and ground systems.
Pelton, Joseph N.
"Video Course 1: Basics of Satellite Communications: Lecture 3: Components of Communication Satellites,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol5/iss11/3