Assessment of spatial and temporal properties of Ka/Q band earth-space radio channel across Europe using Alphasat Aldo Paraboni payload

Spiros Ventouras*, Antonio Martellucci, Richard Reeves, Emal Rumi, Fernando P. Fontan, Fernando Machado, Vicente Pastoriza, Armando Rocha, Susana Mota, Flavio Jorge, Athanasios D. Panagopoulos, Apostolos Z. Papafragkakis, Charilaos I. Kourogiorgas, Ondrej Fiser, Viktor Pek, Petr Pesice, Martin Grabner, Andrej Vilhar, Arsim Kelmendi, Andrej HrovatDanielle Vanhoenacker-Janvier, Laurent Quibus, George Goussetis, Alexios Coutsouris, James Nessel

*Corresponding author for this work

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The upcoming migration of satellite services to higher bands, namely, the Ka- and Q/V-bands, offers many advantages in terms of bandwidth and system capacity. However, it poses challenges as propagation effects introduced by the various atmospheric phenomena are particularly pronounced in these bands and can become a serious constraint in terms of system reliability and performance. This paper presents the goals, organisation, and preliminary results of an ongoing large-scale European coordinated propagation campaign using the Alphasat Aldo Paraboni Ka/Q band signal payload on satellite, performed by a wide scientific consortium in the framework of a European Space Agency (ESA) project. The main objective of this activity is the experimental characterisation of the spatial and temporal correlation over Europe of the radio channel at Ka and Q band for future modelling activities and to collect data for development and testing of fading mitigation techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-501
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
Issue number5
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Aldo Paraboni payload
  • Alphasat
  • fade mitigation techniques
  • Ka band
  • measurement campaign
  • Q band
  • satellite communication services
  • slant path radio propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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