Meteor Burst Communications: Theory and Practice

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Explores the meteor burst channel. Leading experts in the communications field cover the research, military and commercial applications of this subject. Following an introduction to the technology, early chapters describe this channel, the theory and modeling techniques used to simulate it and the use of variable data rate transmission for efficient communication. Later chapters present a method for implementing such a system using FM techniques, compare experimental results with theory, offer additional theoretical results obtained for the variable data rate techniques and discuss the improvement obtained through the use of forward error correction coding.

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With its fantastic sounding capabilities, meteor burst communications—transmitting data by bouncing radio signals off the trails formed by meteors—would seem to belong to a technology in the very distant future. But, in fact, this technology is being widely used today by the military and industry as an innovative alternative to conventional satellite systems. Meteor Burst Communications fully explores the features of this cutting-edge technology, detailing its underlying principles and nuts-and-bolts applications. The introductory chapter "Buck Rogers Technology" sets the stage for advanced discussion of meteor scatter communication (chapter 2) as well as the theory and modeling techniques used to simulate the meteor burst channel (chapter 3). Chapter 4 clearly describes the use of variable data rate transmission for efficient communication which is followed with a discussion of a method for implementing such a system using FM techniques in chapter 5. Up-to-date experimental results are presented and compared with theory. Chapter 6 presents some additional theoretical results obtained for the variable data rate techniques. Finally, chapters 7 and 8 conclude with a discussion of the technical improvements obtained through the use of forward error correction coding. Each chapter, written by a leading expert in the field, gives readers a clear, practical, and truly hands-on look at the underpinnings of this fascinating technology. The book’s almost 200 illustrations provide a detailed inside look at the subject’s hardware and hard science. Virtually limitless in its applications in industry, with uses such as low-cost data communications, telemetry transfer, and truck communications and monitoring, the technology’s resistance to detectability and interception have made it an optimal military tool as well. The first book to examine the specifics of this exciting technology, Meteor Burst Communications is destined to become the cornerstone professional reference to one of telecommunications newest horizons.

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About the editor DONALD L. SCHILLING is Herbert Kayser Professor of Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York and President of SCS Telecom, Inc., a research and development company specializing in high-tech military and commercial contracts. He is the author of eight textbooks in electrical engineering, including Principles of Communications Systems, and more than 150 technical papers. Dr. Schilling received his PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in New York.

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