Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols (Hardcover)

Zhili Sun




Satellite networking is an exciting and expanding field that has evolved significantly since the launch of the first telecommunications satellite, from telephone and broadcast to broadband ATM and Internet. With increasing bandwidth and mobility demands on the horizon, satellites have become an integral part of the Global Network Infrastructure (GNI). Satellite Networking: Principles and Protocols provides a balanced coverage of satellite topics from a network point of view, focusing on network aspects, services and applications, quality of service (QoS) and principles and protocols.

  • Introduces the basics of ATM and internet protocols, and characteristics of satellite networks and internetworking between satellite and terrestrial networks
  • Discusses the real-time protocols including RTP, RTCP and SIP for real-time applications such as VoIP and MMC
  • Coverage of new services and applications, internet traffic engineering and MPLS
  • Examines IPv6 over satellite using tunnelling and translation techniques, evolution of earth stations, user terminals and network protocols, and development of satellite networking

Includes a Companion Website featuring:

Solutions manual, and electronic versions of the figures

This text is essential reading for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers in the fields of satellites, communications and networks. It will also have instant appeal to engineers, managers and operators in these fields.


Table of Contents:

List of Tables.

List of Figures.



1 Introduction.

1.1 Applications and services of satellite networks.

1.2 ITU-R definitions of satellite services.

1.3 ITU-T definitions of network services.

1.4 Internet services and applications.

1.5 Circuit-switching network.

1.6 Packet-switching networks.

1.7 OSI/ISO reference model.

1.8 The ATM protocol reference model.

1.9 Internet protocols reference model.

1.10 Satellite network.

1.11 Characteristics of satellite networks.

1.12 Channel capacity of digital transmissions.

1.13 Internetworking with terrestrial networks.

1.14 Digital video broadcasting (DVB).

1.15 Historical development of computer and data networks.

1.16 Historical development of satellite communications.

1.17 Convergence of network technologies and protocols.

2 Satellite Orbits and Networking Concepts.

2.1 Laws of physics.

2.2 Satellite orbit parameters.

2.3 Useful orbits.

2.4 Satellite link characteristics and modulations for transmissions.

2.5 Forward error correction (FEC).

2.6 Multiple access techniques.

2.7 Bandwidth allocation.

2.8 Satellite networking issues.

3 ATM and Internet Protocols.

3.1 ATM protocol and fundamental concepts.

3.2 ATM layer.

3.3 ATM adaptation layer (AAL).

3.4 The physical layer.

3.5 ATM interfaces and ATM networking.

3.6 Network traffic, QoS and performance issues.

3.7 Network resource management.

3.8 Internet protocols.

3.9 Transport layer protocols: TCP and UDP.

3.10 IP and ATM internetworking.

4 Satellite Internetworking with Terrestrial Networks.

4.1 Networking concepts.

4.2 Networking terminology.

4.3 Network elements and connections.

4.4 Network traffic and signaling.

4.5 Access and transit transmission networks.

4.6 Digital telephony networks.

4.7 Synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH).

4.8 Integrated services digital networks (ISDN).

4.9 ISDN over satellite.

4.10 Interworking with heterogeneous networks.

5 ATM over Satellite Networks.

5.1 Background 187

5.2 Design issues of satellite ATM systems.

5.3 The GEO satellite ATM networking architecture.

5.4 Advanced satellite ATM networks.

5.5 ATM performance.

5.6 Evolution of ATM satellite systems.

6 Internet Protocol (IP) over Satellite Networks.

6.1 Different viewpoints of satellite networking.

6.2 IP packet encapsulation.

6.3 Satellite IP networking.

6.4 IP multicast over satellite.

6.5 Basic network security mechanisms.

6.6 Satellite networking security.

6.7 DVB over satellite.

6.8 Internet quality of service (IP QoS).

6.9 Integrated services (Intserv) architectures for QoS.

6.10 Differentiated services (Diffserv) for QoS.

7 Impact of Satellite Networks on Transport Layer Protocols.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 TCP performance analysis.

7.3 Slow-start enhancement for satellite networks.

7.4 Loss recovery enhancement.

7.5 Enhancements for satellite networks using interruptive mechanisms.

7.6 Impacts on applications.

7.7 Real-time transport protocol (RTP).

7.8 Voice over IP.

8 Next Generation Internet (NGI) over Satellite.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 New services and applications.

8.3 Traffic modelling and characterization.

8.4 The nature of internet traffic.

8.5 Traffic engineering.

8.6 Multi-protocol label switching (MPLS).

8.7 Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6).

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