Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6–7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Extending the Usable Ka Band Spectrum for Satellite Communications: The CoRaSat Project

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_9,
        author={Barry Evans and Paul Thompson and Eva Lagunas and Shree Sharma and Daniele Tarchi and Vicenzo Icolari},
        title={Extending the Usable Ka Band Spectrum for Satellite Communications: The CoRaSat Project},
        proceedings={Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6--7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={WISATS},
        year={2015},
        month={10},
        keywords={Satellite/terrestrial Spectrum sharing Data bases Spectrum sensing Resource allocation},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_9}
    }
    
  • Barry Evans
    Paul Thompson
    Eva Lagunas
    Shree Sharma
    Daniele Tarchi
    Vicenzo Icolari
    Year: 2015
    Extending the Usable Ka Band Spectrum for Satellite Communications: The CoRaSat Project
    WISATS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_9
Barry Evans1,*, Paul Thompson1,*, Eva Lagunas2, Shree Sharma2, Daniele Tarchi3,*, Vicenzo Icolari3,*
  • 1: University of Surrey
  • 2: University of Luxembourg
  • 3: University of Bologna
*Contact email: b.evans@surrey.ac.uk, p.thompson@surrey.ac.uk, daniele.tarchi@unibo.it, vincenzo.icolari2@unibo.it

Abstract

Broadband access by satellite in Ka band will become constrained by spectrum availability. In this context, the EU FP7 project CoRaSat is examining the possible spectrum extension opportunities that could be exploited by a database or sensing approach in Ka band via the use of cognitive mechanisms. The database/sensing approach utilises spectrum sharing scenarios between Fixed Satellite Services (FSS), Fixed Services (FS) and Broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) feeder links are considered. Data bases and spectrum sensing have been evaluated to determine white spaces across the shared spectrum for several EU countries. Resource allocation schemes are investigated to place the carriers in the white spaces so as to maximize the throughput of the system. A multibeam satellite system model has been used to demonstrate the capacity gains that can be achieved by using the cognitive schemes. The overall system is being demonstrated in a laboratory trial.