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Combining some of the best terrestrial and satellite systems' characteristics, high altitude platforms (HAPs) have recently emerged as an alternative solution for the provision of broadband services. Characterised by challenging propagation conditions in the allocated frequency bands, they require efficient utilisation of radio interface in order to make best use of the available spectrum. This paper analyses possible utilisation of DVB-S2 standard on HAPs, focusing on the performance of its adaptive coding and modulation (ACM) procedures as a mean of maximizing the link reliability and throughput. Two distinct operating scenarios are addressed, one assuming static channel conditions with the applied rain fading and the other representing mobile channel conditions along a representative railway track We show that by considering only a subset of transmission modes (MODCODs) defined by the DVB-S2 standard, the system could be optimized in terms of achievable spectral efficiency as well as in terms of implementation complexity. A procedure for optimal MODCOD subset selection is proposed, taking into account the predefined switching thresholds and round-trip time delay.
Date of Conference: 11-14 May 2008