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Software defined radio (SDR) architecture for concurrent multi-satellite communications.

Maheshwarappa, Mamatha R. (2017) Software defined radio (SDR) architecture for concurrent multi-satellite communications. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

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SDRs have emerged as a viable approach for space communications over the last decade by delivering low-cost hardware and flexible software solutions. The flexibility introduced by the SDR concept not only allows the realisation of concurrent multiple standards on one platform, but also promises to ease the implementation of one communication standard on differing SDR platforms by signal porting. This technology would facilitate implementing reconfigurable nodes for parallel satellite reception in Mobile/Deployable Ground Segments and Distributed Satellite Systems (DSS) for amateur radio/university satellite operations. This work outlines the recent advances in embedded technologies that can enable new communication architectures for concurrent multi-satellite or satellite-to-ground missions where multi-link challenges are associated. This research proposes a novel concept to run advanced parallelised SDR back-end technologies in a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) embedded system that can support multi-signal processing for multi-satellite scenarios simultaneously. The initial SDR implementation could support only one receiver chain due to system saturation. However, the design was optimised to facilitate multiple signals within the limited resources available on an embedded system at any given time. This was achieved by providing a VHDL solution to the existing Python and C/C++ programming languages along with parallelisation so as to accelerate performance whilst maintaining the flexibility. The improvement in the performance was validated at every stage through profiling. Various cases of concurrent multiple signals with different standards such as frequency (with Doppler effect) and symbol rates were simulated in order to validate the novel architecture proposed in this research. Also, the architecture allows the system to be reconfigurable by providing the opportunity to change the communication standards in soft real-time. The chosen COTS solution provides a generic software methodology for both ground and space applications that will remain unaltered despite new evolutions in hardware, and supports concurrent multi-standard, multi-channel and multi-rate telemetry signals.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects : Software Defined Radio (SDR) Architecture for Concurrent Multi-Satellite Communications
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
Maheshwarappa, Mamatha R.
Date : 28 February 2017
Funders : Surrey Space Centre, Overseas Research Scholarship, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID, Christopher
Depositing User : Mamatha Maheshwarappa
Date Deposited : 09 Mar 2017 11:59
Last Modified : 09 Nov 2018 16:40

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