MCQs in Satellite Communications Part II

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2017)

MCQs in Satellite Communications - Part II

This is the Multiples Choice Questions Part 2 of the Series in Satellite Communications as one of the Communications Engineering topic. In Preparation for the ECE Board Exam make sure to expose yourself and familiarize in each and every questions compiled here taken from various sources including but not limited to past Board Examination Questions in Electronic System and Technologies, Communications Books, Journals and other Communications References.

Online Questions and Answers Topic Outline

  • MCQs in Satellite System
  • MCQs in Types of Satellite
  • MCQs in Satellite Orbit
  • MCQs in Uplink considerations
  • MCQs in Demand Assignments Multiple Access
  • MCQs in Antenna Tracking
  • MCQs in Satellite Link Budgets
  • MCQs in Satellite Path Loss
  • MCQs in Satellite Figure of Merit
  • MCQs in Ratio of Carrier to thermal Noise Power
  • MCQs in Station Margin
  • MCQs in VSAT

MCQs in Satellite Communications Series

Following is the list of multiple choice questions in this brand new series:

Satellite Communications MCQs
PART 1: MCQs from Number 1 – 50                        Answer key: PART I
PART 2: MCQs from Number 51 – 100                   Answer key: PART II
PART 3: MCQs from Number 101 – 150                 Answer key: PART III
PART 4: MCQs from Number 151 – 200                 Answer key: PART IV
PART 5: MCQs from Number 201 – 250                 Answer key: PART V
PART 6: MCQs from Number 251 – 300                 Answer key: PART VI
PART 7: MCQs from Number 301 – 350                 Answer key: PART VII

Continue Practice Exam Test Questions Part II of the Series

51. The main function of a communications satellite is a/ an

  • A. repeater
  • B. reflector
  • C. beacon
  • D. observation platform

52. The key electronic component in a communications satellite is the

  • A. telemetry equipment
  • B. on-board computer
  • C. command and control system
  • D. transponder

53. A circular orbit around the equator with a 24-h period is called a/an

  • A. elliptical orbit
  • B. geostationary orbit
  • C. polar orbit
  • D. transfer orbit

54. A satellite stay in orbit because the following two factors are balanced

  • A. Satellite weight and speed
  • B. Gravitational force and centrifugal force
  • C. Centripetal force and speed
  • D. Satellite weight and the pull of the moon and sun

55. What is the height of a satellite in a synchronous equatorial orbit?

  • A. 42000 mi
  • B. 6800 mi
  • C. 22,300 mi
  • D. 35,860 mi

56. Most satellites operate in which frequency band?

  • A. 30 to 300 MHz
  • B. 300 MHz to 3 GHz
  • C. 3 GHz to 30 GHz
  • D. Above 300 GHz

57. The main power sources for a satellite are

  • A. batteries
  • B. solar cells
  • C. fuel cells
  • D. thermoelectric generators

58. The maximum height of an elliptical orbit is called the

  • A. Perigee
  • B. Apex
  • C. Zenith
  • D. Apogee

59. Batteries are used to power all satellite subsystems

  • A. at all times
  • B. only during emergencies
  • C. during eclipse periods
  • D. to give the solar arrays a rest

60. The satellite subsystem that monitors and controls the satellite is the

  • A. propulsion subsystem
  • B. power subsystem
  • C. communications subsystem
  • D. telemetry, tracking, and command subsystem

61. What is the basic technique used to stabilize a satellite?

  • A. Gravity-forward motion balance
  • B. Spin
  • C. Thruster control
  • D. Solar panel orientation

62. The jet thrusters are usually fired to

  • A. maintain altitude
  • B. put the satellite into the transfer orbit
  • C. inject the satellite in the geosynchronous orbit
  • D. bring the satellite back to earth.

63. Most commercial satellite activity occurs in which band(s)?

  • A. L
  • B. C and Ku
  • C. X
  • D. S and P

64. How can multiple earth stations share a satellite on the same frequencies?

  • A. Frequency reuse
  • B. Multiplexing
  • C. Mixing
  • D. Frequency hopping

65. What is the typical bandwidth of a satellite band?

  • A. 36 MHz
  • B. 40 MHz
  • C. 70 MHz
  • D. 500 MHz

66. Which of the following is not usually a part of a transponder are defined by the

  • A. LNA
  • B. Mixer
  • C. Modulator
  • D. HPA

67. The satellite communications channels in a transponder are defined by the

  • A. LNA
  • B. bandpass filter
  • C. mixer
  • D. input signals

68. The HPAs in most satellite are

  • A. TWTs
  • B. Klystrons
  • C. Vacuum tubes
  • D. Magnetrons

69. The physical location of a satellite is determined by its

  • A. distance from the earth
  • B. latitude and longitude
  • C. reference to the stars
  • D. position relative to the sun

70. The receive GCE system in an earth station performs what function(s)?

  • A. Modulation and multiplexing
  • B. Up conversion
  • C. Demodulation and demultiplexing
  • D. Down conversion

71. Which of the following types of HPA is not used in earth stations?

  • A. TWT
  • B. Transistor
  • C. Klystron
  • D. Magnetron

72. What is the common up-converter and down-converter IF?

  • A. 36 MHz
  • B. 40 MHz
  • C. 70 MHz
  • D. 500 MHz

73. What type of modulation is used on voice and video signals?

  • A. AM
  • B. FM
  • C. SSB
  • D. QPSK

74. What modulation is normally used with digital data?

  • A. AM
  • B. FM
  • C. SSB
  • D. QPSK

75. Which of the following is not a typical output from a GPS receiver?

  • A. Latitude
  • B. Speed
  • C. Altitude
  • D. Longitude

76. The total space loss of transmission and reception for two ground stations with uplink frequency 8GHz and a downlink of 6 GHz with angle of elevations of 3˚ and 7˚ A respectively is

  • A. 403 dB
  • B. 100 dB
  • C. 20 dB
  • D. 215 dB

77. The maximum propagation delay of a geostationary satellite is

  • A. 278 ms
  • B. 239 ms
  • C. 300 ms
  • D. 250 ms

78. The total propagation delay time from transmission to reception of signals from a ground transmitter to ground receiver with angle of elevation at 10 degrees respectively is

  • A. 273 ms
  • B. 239 ms
  • C. 275 ms
  • D. 260 ms

79. A satellite which simply reflects the signal without further amplification

  • A. Passive satellite
  • B. Active satellite
  • C. Geostationary satellite
  • D. Domestic satellite

80. Essentially a satellite ___________ is a radio repeater in the sky

  • A. transponder
  • B. comparator
  • C. duplexer
  • D. billboard

81. Satellite the orbits in a circular pattern with an angular velocity equal to that of the earth

  • A. Geostationary
  • B. Early Bird I
  • C. Syncorn I
  • D. Stationary satellite

82. Satellite that provide services within a single country

  • A. Domsat
  • B. Comsat
  • C. Regional
  • D. Global

83. The round-trip propagation delay between two earth stations through a geosynchronous satellite is

  • A. 500 to 600 ms
  • B. 300 to 400 ms
  • C. 600 to 700 ms
  • D. 400 to 500 ms

84. The signal path from earth station satellite

  • A. Uplink signal
  • B. Reflected signal
  • C. Incident signal
  • D. Downlink signal

85. Designed to receive a signal from a transmitting station on the ground and retransmit it to a receiving station located elsewhere

  • A. Communication satellite
  • B. Repeater
  • C. Relay station
  • D. Transponder

86. The signal path from satellite to earth-based receiver.

  • A. Downlink signal
  • B. Uplink signal
  • C. Incident signal
  • D. Reflected signal

87. A satellite position is measured by its __________ angle with respect to the horizon.

  • A. elevation
  • B. depression
  • C. azimuth
  • D. critical

88. The ________ angle measures the satellite position clockwise from the direction of true north.

  • A. azimuth
  • B. elevation
  • C. depression
  • D. critical

89. incidentally propose the geostationary scheme or orbit of the satellite in 1940s

  • A. Arthur Clarke
  • B. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • C. Samuel Morse
  • D. Stephen Gray

90. When the satellite are spaced 4˚ of the 360˚ complete circle, how many parking spaces or orbit slots are available?

  • A. 90
  • B. 85
  • C. 95
  • D. 80

91. The control routine necessary to keep the satellite in position is referred to as

  • A. station keeping
  • B. station tracking
  • C. station monitoring
  • D. station maintaining

92. Refers to the satellite orientation with respect to the earth

  • A. Satellite altitude
  • B. Satellite position
  • C. Satellite location
  • D. Satellite orbit

93. The first intelsat satellite that was launched in 1965 was named

  • A. Early Bird I
  • B. Echo
  • C. Telstar I
  • D. Courier

94. The first satellite launched for a geosynchronous orbit but unfortunately lost during orbit injection

  • A. Syncom I
  • B. Telstar I
  • C. Sputnik I
  • D. Early Bird I

95. When the elevation angle of a geostationary satellite is 23˚ and the transmitting frequency is 3840 MHz, what is the free space loss in dB?

  • A. 196 dB
  • B. 200 dB
  • C. 150 dB
  • D. 100 dB

96. What is the propagation delay when a signal is transmitter by an earth station to a geosynchronous satellite about 38,500 km above earth’s equator and then received by the same earth station?

  • A. 256 msec
  • B. 128 msec
  • C. 300 msec
  • D. 400 msec

97. What is the free space attenuation of a satellite communications system operating at 36,000 km above the earth at 5.0 GHz?

  • A. 198 dB
  • B. 202 dB
  • C. 142 dB
  • D. 138 dB

98. Which of the following is the most common application of satellite?

  • A. Surveillance
  • B. Military application
  • C. Communications
  • D. Newscasting

99. Descending pass for a satellite means a pass from

  • A. North to South
  • B. South to North
  • C. East to West
  • D. West to East

100. Geostationary stationary satellites are located ___________ with respect to the equator.

  • A. 0˚ longitude
  • B. 0˚ latitude
  • C. 90˚ latitude
  • D. 45˚ latitude

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