Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Training provide communications and satellite systems engineers and system architects with a comprehensive and accurate approach to the specification and detailed design of the communications payload and its integration into a satellite system. Both standard bent pipe repeaters and digital processors (on-board and ground-based) are studied in depth and optimized from the standpoint of maximizing throughput and coverage (single footprint and multi-beam). Applications in Fixed Satellite Service (C, X, Ku, and Ka bands) and Mobile Satellite Service (L and S bands) are addressed as are the requirements of the associated ground segment for satellite control and the provision of services to end users.

  • 4 days of Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Training with an expert instructor
  • Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


  • We can adapt this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

Upon completing this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • How to transform system and service requirements into payload specifications and design elements.
  • What are the specific characteristics of payload components, such as antennas, LNAs, microwave filters, channel and power amplifiers, and power combiners?
  • What space and ground architecture to employ when evaluating on-board processing and multiple beam antennas, and how these may be configured for optimum end-to-end performance.
  • How to understand the overall system architecture and the capabilities of ground segment elements – hubs and remote terminals – to integrate with the payload, constellation, and end-to-end system.

From this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course, you will obtain the knowledge, skill, and ability to configure a communications payload based on its service requirements and technical features. You will understand the engineering processes and device characteristics that determine how the payload is put together and operates in a state-of-the-art telecommunications system to meet user needs.


The target audience for this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Training course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture course are:

  • N/A


  1. Communications Payloads and Service Requirements. Bandwidth, coverage, services, and applications; RF link characteristics and appropriate use of link budgets; bent pipe payloads using passive and active components; specific demands for broadband data, IP over satellite, mobile communications, and service availability; principles for using digital processing in system architecture, and on-board processor examples at L band (non-GEO and GEO) and Ka-band.
  2. Systems Engineering to Meet Service Requirements. Transmission engineering of the satellite link and payload (modulation and FEC, standards such as DVB-S2 and Adaptive Coding and Modulation, ATM and IP routing in space); optimizing link and payload design through consideration of traffic distribution and dynamics, link margin, RF interference, and frequency coordination requirements.
  3. Bent-pipe Repeater Design. Example of a detailed block and level diagram, design for low noise amplification, down-conversion design, IMUX and band-pass filtering, group delay and gain slope, AGC and linearization, power amplification (SSPA and TWTA, linearization and parallel combining), OMUX and design for high power/multifactor, redundancy switching and reliability assessment.
  4. Spacecraft Antenna Design and Performance. Fixed reflector systems (offset parabola, Gregorian, Cassegrain) feeds and feed systems, movable and reconfigurable antennas; shaped reflectors; linear and circular polarization; detailed antenna design process (directivity, gain, polarization purity, surface tolerance, beam isolation, thermal distortion, PIM).
  5. Communications Payload Performance Budgeting. Gain to Noise Temperature Ratio (G/T), Saturation Flux Density (SFD), and Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP); repeater gain/loss budgeting; frequency stability and phase noise; third-order intercept (3ICP), gain flatness, group delay; non-linear phase shift (AM/PM); out of band rejection and amplitude non-linearity (C3IM and NPR).
  6. On-board Digital Processor Technology. A/D and D/A conversion, digital signal processing for typical channels and formats (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA); demodulation and demodulation, multiplexing and packet switching; static and dynamic beam forming; design requirements and service impacts.
  7. Multi-beam Antennas. Fixed multi-beam antennas using multiple feeds, feed layout, and isolation; phased array approaches using reflectors and direct radiating arrays; on-board versus ground-based beamforming.
  8. RF Interference and Spectrum Management Considerations. Unraveling the FCC and ITU international regulatory and coordination process; choosing frequency bands that address service needs; development of regulatory and frequency coordination strategy based on successful case studies.
  9. Ground Segment Selection and Optimization. The overall architecture of the ground segment: satellite TT&C and communications services; earth station and user terminal capabilities and specifications (fixed and mobile); modems and baseband systems; selection of appropriate antenna based on link requirements and end-user/platform considerations.
  10. Earth station and User Terminal Tradeoffs: RF tradeoffs (RF power, EIRP, G/T); network design for the provision of service (star, mesh, and hybrid networks); portability and mobility.
  11. Performance and Capacity Assessment. Determining capacity requirements in terms of bandwidth, power, and network operation; selection of the air interface (multiple access, modulation, and coding); interfaces with satellite and ground segment; relationship to available standards in current use and under development (GMR-1 and GMR-2, CDMA, WiMAX).
  12. Advanced Concepts for Inter-satellite Links and System Verification. Requirements for inter-satellite links in communications and tracking applications. RF technology at Ka and Q bands; optical laser innovations that are applied to satellite-to-satellite and satellite-to-ground links. Innovations in the verification of payload and ground segment performance and operation; where and how to review sources of available technology and software to evaluate subsystem and system performance; guidelines for overseeing the development and evaluating alternate technologies and their sources.
Communications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture TrainingCommunications Payload Design and Satellite System Architecture Training Course Wrap-Up


    Are you Human?