Traditionally, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks use hard handovers when a Mobile Terminal (MT) moves between the footprints of two satellites. Such approach introduces a transitory disconnection interval, which may limit the capacity to provide demanding real-time requirements. A soft- handover approach that applies distributed packet combining on a satellite diversity scenario is proposed in this paper. Considering inexpensive MT hardware and low transmission powers, the paper analyses the performance gains and the difficulties that are associated to different Doppler and time-of-arrival shifts when the MT signal is broadcast to two satellites during the short handover period where both satellite's footprint overlap. A Single-Carrier with Frequency Domain Equalization (SC-FDE) transmission technique is considered in this paper. It is shown that it is possible to have an inter-satellite handover almost without quality of service (QoS) degradation for a Satellite Network Diversity Multiple Access (S-NDMA) scheme.
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Title of host publicationIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
EventIEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2013-Fall) -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


ConferenceIEEE 78th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2013-Fall)
Period1/01/13 → …

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