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International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology
Volume 2012, Article ID 791635, 7 pages
Research Article

A Systemic Approach to the Compensation of Rain Attenuation in Ka-Band Communication Satellites

1Directorate of Technical & Quality Management, European Space Agency, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2Directorate of Galileo Programme & Navigation Related Activities, European Space Agency, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Received 4 March 2012; Revised 14 September 2012; Accepted 14 September 2012

Academic Editor: Borja Vidal

Copyright © 2012 Piero Angeletti and Marco Lisi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Rain attenuation at Ka-band is a severe phenomenon that drastically impairs satellite communications at these frequencies. Several adaptive compensation techniques have been elaborated to counteract its effects and most often applied one at a time. The present paper proposes the contemporary exploitation of different techniques in a combined approach. Such an integrated approach is thoroughly analyzed in a simplified scenario and will be shown to achieve a very effective solution, making the Ka-band spectrum fully available for broadband satellite applications and network-centric systems.