Satellite Communications in the New Space Era: A Survey and Future Challenges

Oltjon Kodheli, Eva Lagunas, Nicola Maturo, Shree Krishna Sharma, Bhavani Shankar, Jesus Fabian Mendoza Montoya, Juan Carlos Merlano Duncan, Danilo Spano, Symeon Chatzinotas, Steven Kisseleff, Jorge Querol, Lei Lei (+2 others)
2020 IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials  
Satellite communications (SatComs) have recently entered a period of renewed interest motivated by technological advances and nurtured through private investment and ventures. The present survey aims at capturing the state of the art in SatComs, while highlighting the most promising open research topics. Firstly, the main innovation drivers are motivated, such as new constellation types, on-board processing capabilities, nonterrestrial networks and space-based data collection/processing.
more » ... y, the most promising applications are described, i.e., 5G integration, space communications, Earth observation, aeronautical and maritime tracking and communication. Subsequently, an in-depth literature review is provided across five axes: i) system aspects, ii) air interface, iii) medium access, iv) networking, v) testbeds & prototyping. Finally, a number of future challenges and the respective open research topics are described. Index Terms-Satellite communications, space-based data collection, 5G integration, non-terrestrial networks, new constellations, on-board processing, air interface, MAC protocols, networking, testbeds.
doi:10.1109/comst.2020.3028247 fatcat:qdsitas5xjhwtfhs6nin3eus5q