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Some Recommended Satcom Books
May 29, 2013
22:40
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This is my pick of the best books and textbooks about different aspects of satellite communications and related topics such as maths, physics, signal processing, statistics, microwave engineering, antennas, radar, electronic warfare, astronomy, radio-astronomy .....

When it comes to books there's no better way to have them than on the amazing Amazon Kindle eBook Reader. I have one, it's brilliant and why I'm really happy to promote it!
The battery lasts for weeks; you can send your own PDF, Word, HTML etc documents to it; you can add your own notes & bookmarks; it stores some 3,000 books; more ... Go read about all of the Kindle's features using one of the links below.
And yes, before you ask, I do receive a small commission if you buy from Amazon via the links on this site.
Personal recommendation: If you do buy a Kindle then the case with the built-in light is really worth having, even though it's pricey. Great on a dark plane or reading in bed.

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Right, here we go with my book recommendations:

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There are some very good books that are not available from Amazon, and I'll add those separately when I have a bit more time. I've initially focused on Amazon-available books so as to present a large selection in a concise, informative manner.
It's worth noting that what I spend on books in a month more than outweighs any Amazon commissions over a year!

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May 31, 2013
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Suppose the link would have better look this way:

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Really great job. Thank you!

June 9, 2013
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So, for someone who works in the satellite industry, but not in SatComs, what would you read first as a primer?

Thanks, AdrianR

June 9, 2013
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Adrian,
I think that is one of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked! Why - because I’m not that familiar with recent introductory books on satellite communications.
However, a number of the best books have undergone many revisions and updates over the years. These core books, by respected authors, have survived the test of time. I will identify but two, though of course there are so many other good books out there:

“Introduction to Satellite Communication” by Bruce Elbert. Published 30th June 2008. You can find it on Amazon here

“Satellite Communications Systems: Systems, Techniques and Technology” by Gerard Maral & Michel Bousquet. Published 1st February 2010. You can find it on Amazon here

There’s another book, though older, which is excellent and which I use all the time. It does dive deep into the maths etc. and might be better as the next book to get after an introductory book. When you’re looking at the two above, do an Amazon search for “Digital Communications by Satellite” by James J. Spilker. I see they have a number of used ones from $6.78 – a steal at that price. I paid well over $100 for my copy quite a few years ago!
If anyone else can recommend their best introductory books, please let everyone know by posting a reply on the forum.

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