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Due to increasing demand of high speed data rate for satellite multimedia and broadcasting services and spectrum scarcity problem in satellite bands, exploring new techniques for enhancing spectral efficiency in satellite communication has become an important research challenge. In this aspect, satellite cognitive communication can be considered as a promising solution to solve spectrum scarcity problem. In this paper, different cognitive techniques such as underlay, overlay, interweave and database related techniques are discussed by reviewing the current state of art. Exact beam patterns of a multi-beam satellite are plotted over the Europe map and interference modeling between terrestrial Base Station (BS) and satellite terminal is carried out on the basis of interference power level. Furthermore, suitable cognitive techniques are proposed in high and low interference regions in the context of satellite cognitive communication.