Published in Osborne, W.P., & Xie, Y. (1999). Propagation characterization of LEO/MEO satellite systems at 900-2100 MHz. 1999 Emerging Technologies Symposium Wireless Communications and Systems, 21.1-21.8. doi: 10.1109/ETWCS.1999.897339 ©1999 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


This paper focuses on the propagation characterization of satellite communication systems in non-geostationary orbits at 900-2100MHz. An overview of available statistical propagation models for the mobile satellite communications channel is provided. Path loss equations for satellite communication systems in the range of 900-2100MHz for different environments and different probabilities of link closure are addressed. We also introduce a series of experiments being conducted to deepen understanding of these issues.