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Advances in Satellite Communications

Special Issue


Satellite Communications are becoming an instrumental component of the future communication network able to support the implementation of the required flexibility and coverage for the provision of fixed and mobile broadband and broadcast services in commercial, professional, and emergency scenarios. In this scenario, the integration of satellite service with the emerging 5G standard, as well as the evolution of LEO constellations (mega-constellations) is expected to play a pivotal role to provide anywhere-anytime connectivity and foster new industrial use-cases.

The aim of this special issue is to gather advances in satellite communication technologies to provide a unique collection of non-incremental research papers that will serve as references for scientific and industrial actors willing to build on the consolidated know-how in the sector.  We solicit high-quality original research papers on aspects of satellite communications systems including but not limited to the following topics:

Theory, Techniques, and Technologies

  • Coding, modulation and synchronization schemes
  • OFDM and spread spectrum techniques for satellite communications
  • Network Coding and multi-path offloading techniques
  • MIMO, multi-user detection & diversity techniques
  • Advanced fading and interference mitigation/management techniques
  • Linear and non-linear channel distortion countermeasures
  • Propagation measurements and channel models
  • Antennas and user-terminal technologies
  • Multiple access strategies, with particular emphasis on random access
  • Networking and radio resource management
  • Network function Virtualization in Satellite and Terrestrial 5G networks
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) applied to integrated 5G networks
  • Opportunistic and Cognitive Communications
  • Optical Free Space Communications
  • Architectures for Hybrid Satellite and HAPs - GEOs/LEOs
  • On board processing techniques, advanced payload architectures, and RF filters design
  • Advance high-rate digital modems for space communications

Systems and Applications

  • M2M and SCADA applications
  • Information Centric Network (ICN) architectures to enable Future Internet over satellite
  • Integration of satellite telecommunication, navigation, and earth observation services/assets
  • Applications to sensor networks and environmental monitoring
  • Systems and technologies for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, e.g., drones)
  • Satellite-based solutions for aeronautical, maritime, and/or railways applications
  • e-health


Prof. Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli (leading GE)
University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Tomaso de Cola
German Aerospace Center, Germany

Dr. Frederik Simoens
Netwec, Belgium

Dr. Bassel F. Beidas
Hughes, United States

Prof. Song Guo
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Alberto Ginesi
European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands