SPACEPORT GRADUATE CENTER

                                                         FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

                                                SPC 5006:  Space Communications and Data Systems

                                                              Summer Semester 2024 Syllabus

 

Instructor:        Don Platt <dplatt@fit.edu>

                        Phone: 321-243-4633 or 321-674-8519

Class Hours:   Online at canvas.fit.edu.  Note there is not a weekly class meeting requirement, but recorded lectures will be provided each week for you to review.  We also have online discussion boards for student interaction.

Textbook:         Satellite Communications by Roddy, Jones, Long Fifth Edition.

                        ISBN 9781265372545  

                      Supplemental handouts will be provided.

 

Course Description:     The course emphasizes principles and practices of modern spacecraft communications and data transfer.  Topics covered include methods of data acquisition (including   storage and processing), digital modulation techniques, radio frequency link analysis (including antenna performance, ground station arraying, weather effects, noise and bit error rate calculation methods), channel capacity and data coding.  State of the art developments will be included through handouts from technical journals.

 

Objectives:       Provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques used in the planning, design, and analysis of spacecraft telecommunications systems.  Provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques used in the planning, design, and analysis of spacecraft computer systems.  To demonstrate to the student the need for engineering tradeoffs in the development of spacecraft communication and data systems.  A major goal of the course is to prepare the student to be able to take part in the analysis of potential spacecraft communication and data systems.

 

Requirements:  No term paper or presentation is required for this class.  Students are required to take tests, and turn in homework solutions as scheduled.  A calculator or excel/computer calculation tool is required for most homework and tests.    Working together on homework is permitted as long as each student’s name who helped is listed on the solution.

 

Instructor’s Methods:  A combination of lecture notes, textbook and outside material will be presented in canvas.  Homework problems will be assigned, grades returned.  Two exams will be given.

 

Grading:          The course grade will be based on the following:

                                                Homework                                                    35%                                               

                                                Mid-Term Exam                                            30%

                                                Final Exam                                                    30%     

                                                Discussion Topic Participation                     5%

                        Grading thresholds:  A = 90; B = 80; C = 70; D = 60; F < 60.

 

TITLE IX STATEMENT:

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Florida Tech strongly encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support, and report any incident of sexual harassment or gender discrimination to Title IX Coordinator, Dennis Kwarteng. 

Email: dkwarteng@fit.edu

Phone: (321) 309-3068

Location: John E. Miller, Room 137

Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. 

If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.

Academic Accommodations:

Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented. Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class. Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR): Telephone: 321-674-8285 / Email: accessibilityresources@fit.edu Website: https://www.fit.edu/accessibility-resourcesLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.

Recording Disclosure:

Portions of this course will be recorded and available to course participants. Students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during certain activities for the purpose of self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, presentations, assessments, and/or discussions. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in classroom presentations, discussions, or peer activities

Schedule:        

            Week                                              Topic                        

               1                     Course Overview (Command, Telemetry and Radiometric

                                       Requirements)  Chpt 1.

               1                     Requirements (cont.); Data Formatting and Baseband

                                       Transmission  Chpt 9.

               2                     Data Formatting (cont.); Error Probability; Detection of Signals in

Gaussian Noise Channel Capacity and Coding (Block and Convolutional) Chpt 10, 11.

               2                     Frequency Translation; Modulation/Demodulation Techniques

                                       (AM, FM, PM).

               3                     Frequency Translation; Modulation/Demodulation Techniques, Computers

                                       (AM, FM, PM) Chpt 9 (cont).

             

               4                     Application to Geosynchronous and Spacecraft Telemetry, Tracking, 

                                       and Control Chpt 2,3.

               5                     Midterm Exam                          

               6                     TRF Receivers, Superheterodyne Receivers, and Deep 

                                       Space Transponders  Chpt 9.

               6                   Noise Figure and Noise Temperature Calculations.

               7                   Communications Link Analysis (Power Density, Noise, and                 

                                       Eb/No) Chpt 12.

               8                   Spacecraft and Ground System Antennas Chpt 6.

               9                   Polarization Loss Chpt 5. Station Arraying and Weather Effects

               10                   Wrap-up and Review

               11                   Final Examination

 

Academic Accommodations: Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities
in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students
w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of
Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing
recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services. It is the student’s
responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be
approved/implemented. Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the
course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the
class. Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR): Telephone: 321-674-8285 /
Email: accessibilityresources@fit.edu Website: https://www.fit.edu/accessibility-resourcesLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.


Recording Disclosure: Portions of this course will be recorded and available to course
participants. Students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during certain
activities for the purpose of self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, presentations, assessments,
and/or discussions. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their
participation in classroom presentations, discussions, or peer activities.