Innovations In Satellite Communications and Satellite Technology
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Innovations In Satellite Communications and Satellite Technology The Industry Implications of Dvb-S2x, High Throughput Satellites, Ultra Hd, M2m, and Ip by Daniel Minoli | PDF Free Download.

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Mr. Minoli

Minoli has many years of technical-hands-on and managerial experience in planning, designing, deploying, and operating secure IP/IPv6-, telecom-, wireless-, satellite-, and video networks for global Best-In-Class carriers and financial companies.

He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Secure Enterprise Systems (, engineering, technology assessment, and enterprise cybersecurity firm.

Previous roles in the past two decades have included General Manager and Director of Ground Systems Engineering at SES, the world’s second-largest satellite services provider, Director of Network Architecture at Capital One Financial

Chief Technology Officer at InfoPort Communication Group, and Vice President of Packet Services at Teleport Communications Group (TCG) (eventually acquired by AT&T).

In the recent past, he has been responsible for (i) development, engineering, and deployment of metro Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and VoIP/VoMPLS networks, (ii) the development, engineering, and deployment of hybrid IPTV, non-linear

And, 3DTV video systems, (iii) deployments of a dozen large aperture antenna (7–13 m) at teleports in the U.S. and abroad; (iv) deployment of satellite monitoring services worldwide (over 40 sites);

(v) development, engineering, and deployment of IPv6-based services in the M2M/Internet of Things area, in the non-linear video area, in the smartphone area, in the satellite area, and in the network security area

And (vi) the deployment of cloud computing infrastructure (Cisco UCS - 3,800 servers) for a top-line Cable TV provider in the U.S. Some Mr. Minoli’s satellite-, wireless-, IP-, video-, and Internet Of Things-related work has been documented in books he has authored, including:

  • Satellite Systems Engineering in an IPv6 Environment (Francis and Taylor 2009),
  • Wireless Sensor Networks (co-authored) (Wiley 2007),
  • Hotspot Networks: Wi-Fi for Public Access Locations (McGraw-Hill, 2002),
  • Mobile Video with Mobile IPv6 (Wiley 2012),
  • Linear and Non-Linear Video and TV Applications Using IPv6 and IPv6 Multicast (Wiley 2012), and,
  • Building the Internet of Things with IPv6 and MIPv6 (Wiley, 2013)

He also played a founding role in the launching of two companies through the high-tech incubator Leading Edge Networks Inc., which he ran in the early 2000s: Global Wireless Services, a provider of secure broadband hotspot mobile Internet and hotspot VoIP services

And, InfoPort Communications Group, an optical and Gigabit Ethernet metropolitan carrier supporting Data Center/SAN/channel extension and cloud network access services. He has also written columns for ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, and Network Computing (1985–2006).

He has taught at New York University (Information Technology Institute), Rutgers University, and Stevens Institute of Technology (1984–2003).

Also, he was a Technology Analyst At-Large, for Gartner/DataPro (1985–2001); based on extensive hand-on work at financial firms and carriers, he tracked technologies and wrote CTO/CIO-level technical scans in the area of telephony and data systems

Including topics on security, disaster recovery/business continuity, network management, LANs, WANs (ATM, IPv4, MPLS, IPv6), wireless (LANs, public hotspot, wireless sensor networks, 3G/4G, and satellite), VoIP, network design/economics, carrier networks (such as metro Ethernet and CWDM/DWDM)

And e-commerce. For several years he has been Session, Tutorial, and now overall Technical Program Chair for the IEEE ENTNET (Enterprise Networking) conference

ENTNET focuses on enterprise networking requirements for large financial firms and other corporate institutions (this IEEE group has now merged and has become the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure [TCIIN]).

He has also acted as Expert Witness in a (won) $11B lawsuit regarding a VoIP-based wireless Air-to-Ground radio communication system for airplane in-cabin services, as well as for a large lawsuit related to digital scanning and transmission of bank documents/instruments (specifically, scanned checks).

He has also been engaged as a technical expert in a number of patent infringement proceedings in the digital imaging, VoIP, firewall, and VPN space supporting law firms such as Schiff Hardin LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Dimock Stratton LLP/ Smart & Biggar LLP, Munger, Tolles, and Olson LLP, and Baker & McKenzie LLP, among others.

Satellite Communications and Technology Contents

  • Overview
  • DVB-S2 Modulation Extensions and Other Advances
  • High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and KA/KU Spot Beam Technologies
  • Aeronautical Mobility Services
  • Maritime and Other Mobility Services
  • M2M Developments and Satellite Applications
  • Ultra HD Video/TV and Satellite Implications
  • Satellite Technology Advances: Electric Propulsion and Launch Platforms 
  • Appendix A Partial Listing of System-Level US
  • Patents for Spot-Beam/Multi-Beam Satellites 
  • Appendix B Glossary of Key Satellite Concepts and Terms

Preface to Innovations In Satellite Communications and Technology

A number of technical and service advances affecting commercial satellite communications have been seen in the past few years. This text surveys some of these new key advances and what the implications and/or opportunities for end-users and service providers might be.

Satellite communication plays and will continue to play a key role in commercial, TV/media, government, and military communications because of its intrinsic multicast/broadcast capabilities, mobility aspects, global reach, reliability, and ability to quickly support connectivity in open-space and/or hostile environments.

Business factors impacting the industry at this time include the desire for higher throughput and more cost-effective bandwidth. Improved modulation techniques allow users to increase channel data rates by employing methods such as 64APSK.

High throughput is also achieved via the use of Ka (and Ku) spot beams on High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and via the reduction of transmission latency (due to higher-layer protocol stack handshakes) using Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites that operate in a 5,000-mile orbit over the equator (also known as MEO-HTS)

But where users must use two steerable antennas to track the spacecraft and retain signal connectivity by moving the path from one satellite in the constellation to another.

Providing services to people on-the-move, particularly for transoceanic airplane journeys is now both technically feasible and financially advantageous to the service provider stakeholders.

M2M (machine-to-machine) connectivity, whether for trucks on transcontinental trips, or for aircraft real-time-telemetry aggregation, or mercantile ship data track, opens up new opportunities to extend the Internet of Things (IoT) to broadly-distributed entities, particularly in oceanic environments.

Emerging Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) provides video quality that is the equivalent of 8-to-16 HDTV screens (33 million pixels, for the 7,680 × 4,320 resolution), compared to a maximum 2 million pixels (1,920 × 1,080 resolution) for the current highest quality HDTV service clearly, this requires a lot more bandwidth.

Satellite operators are planning to position themselves in this market segment, with generally-available broadcast services planned for 2020, and more targeted transmission starting at press time.

At the core-technology level, electric (instead of chemical) propulsion is being sought; such propulsion approaches can reduce spacecraft weight (and so, launch cost) and possibly extend the spacecraft life.

Additionally, new launch platforms are being brought to the market, again with the goal of lowering launch cost via increased competition.

Satellite networks cannot really exist (forever) as stand-alone islands in a sea of connectivity; hence, hybrid networks have an important role to play.

The widespread introduction of IP-based services, including IP-based Television (IPTV) and Over The Top (OTT) video, driven by continued deployment of fiber connectivity will ultimately re-shape the industry.

In particular, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a technology now being deployed in various parts of the world that will allow true explicit end-to-end device addressability.

As the number of intelligent systems that need direct access expands to the multiple billions (e.g., including smartphones, tablets, appliances, sensors/actuators, and even body-worn bio-metric devices), IPv6 becomes an institutional imperative, in the final analysis.

The integration of satellite communication and IPv6 capabilities promises to provide a powerful networking infrastructure that can serve the evolving needs of government, military, IPTV, and mobile video stakeholders, to name just a few.

This book explores these evolving technical themes and opportunities. After an introductory overview, Chapter 2 discusses advances in modulation techniques, such as DBV-S2 extensions (DVB-S2X).

Spotbeam technologies (at Ka but also at Ku) which constitute the technical basis for the emerging HTS systems and services are discussed in Chapter 3. Aeronautical mobility services such as Internet service while on-the-move are covered in Chapter 4.

Maritime and other terrestrial mobility services are covered in Chapter 5. M2M applications are surveyed in Chapter 6. Emerging Ultra HD technologies are assessed in Chapter 7.

Finally, new space technology, particularly Electric Propulsion and new launch platforms ultimately driving lower cost-per-bit (or cost-per-MHz) are discussed in Chapter 8.

This work will be of interest to technology investors; planners with satellite operators, carriers and service providers; CTOs; logistics professionals; engineers at equipment developers; technology integrators; Internet Service Providers (ISP), telcos, and wireless providers, both domestically and in the rest of the world. 

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