Zhurnal Radioelektroniki - Journal of Radio Electronics. eISSN 1684-1719. 2020. No. 8

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DOI  https://doi.org/10.30898/1684-1719.2020.8.13

UDC 621.396.2


Possible satellite communication links in the Arctic


M. N. Andrianov 1, D. A. Korbakov 2, V. N. Pozhidaev 2

1 Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prosp., 53, Moscow 119991, Russia

2 Kotelnikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mokhovaya str. 11-7, Moscow 125009, Russia


The paper is received on August 18, 2020


Abstract. The issues of ensuring high speed and reliability of data transmission of a satellite communication line in the Arctic are considered. The main problem for the millimeter wave implementation is the possible meteorological conditions for radio wave propagation in the cold time of a year. The vertical profiles of meteorological data for a couple of islands in the Arctic Ocean had been used for the calculations of the molecular absorption on a possible communication link. The very simple model for the possible rain attenuation on such link had been proposed. Possible satellite orbits for the link budget calculations have been copied from the existing satellite system “Gonetz”, operating at frequencies 300/400 MHz.  The calculation results show that the satellite communication in millimeter waves in the Arctic conditions is possible.

Key words: satellite communications, telecommunications, radiowave propagation, millimeter waves, the Arctic meteorological data.


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For citation:

Andrianov M.N., Korbakov D.A., Pozhidaev V.N. Possible satellite communication links in the Arctic. Zhurnal Radioelektroniki - Journal of Radio Electronics. 2020. No.8. https://doi.org/10.30898/1684-1719.2020.8.13.   (In Russian)