Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis TrainingG

Commitment 5 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


In this comprehensive, five-day Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis Training workshop on satellite communications, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of earth station design, link budget analysis, and deployment. Each module of this Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis Training course builds upon the previous modules, culminating in a complete performance analysis of a satellite network based on equipment specifications, system configuration, and satellite parameters. Using calculator exercises and Excel spreadsheets (which are included in the course), we will make sure that you have a detailed, practical, and hands-on understanding of all of the important aspects of SATCOM design.

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After completing this Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop a system design based on communications requirements and limitations.
  • Select system components, based on their specifications, to satisfy system requirements.
  • Perform detailed EIRP and G/T analysis.
  • Establish proper signal levels for optimum performance.
  • Select the proper access technique based on system requirements and network topology.
  • Perform availability analysis based on required fade margin, equipment reliability, and sparing strategy.
  • Perform detailed end-to-end link budget analysis based on system limitations and equipment parameters.
  • Depending on your degree of current knowledge of SATCOM systems, we can omit certain topics, resulting in a shorter Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course.
  • The Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course can similarly be expanded to accommodate additional topics of interest or to include more detailed discussion of or added exercises related to certain topics.
  • Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course can also be tailored to the needs of your system, commercial or military.

The target audience for this Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course:

  • Participants with some background in telecommunications whose work requires a comprehensive workshop on satellite communications.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis course are:

  • Technical background and general exposure to telecommunications networks.


Digital vs. Analog
  • Network Components and Topologies
  • Switching Terminology
  • Digital/Analog Comparison
Line Codes:  Bit Rate, Baud Rate, and Bandwidth
  • Harry Nyquist and Claude Shannon
  • Bandwidth and Bit rate at Baseband
  • Line Code Variations
Voice Encoding Techniques:  Bandwidth vs. Latency
  • Waveform Encoding
    • Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)
    • Adaptive Differential PCM
    • Continuously Variable Slope Delta Modulation
  • Source Coding
    • Linear Predictive Coding
    • Code-book Excited Linear Prediction (CELP)
  • Voice Coding Issues over Satellites
Digital Communications Protocols
  • Overview of Protocol Layers
  • Physical Layer Aggregation and Switching Protocols
    • Standards-based TDM:  T-carriers and E-carriers
    • Proprietary TDM:  Aggregate Rate Multiplexing
    • Digital Cross-Connect Switching (DCS)
    • Digital Circuit Multiplication Equipment (DCME)
  • Data Link Layer Protocols and Equipment
    • Frame Relay FRADs and Switches
    • ATM and Negative Latency
  • Network Layer Devices and Functions
Network Timing and Synchronization
  • Timing Terminology and Concepts
  • Stratum Levels and Timing Architectures
Satellite Communications Overview
  • A Brief History of Satellite Communications
  • Overview of Earth Station Sub-systems
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Geosynchronous Satellites:  Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Common Satellite Deployments
  • Problems Caused by Long Path Delays
    • Need for Echo Cancellation
    • Perceptible Delay in Conversation
    • Talk Collisions over Double-hops
    • Reduction in Throughput When Using Protocols That Require Acknowledgement and Re-transmission
  • Problems Caused by Relative Satellite Motion
    • Doppler Shift of High-speed Data Streams
    • Tracking Requirements due to Satellite Inclination
Overview of Satellite Access Techniques
  • FDMA for Digital and Analog Access
  • TDMA and F/TDMA for Digital Access
A Quick Review of Decibels
  • Logarithms and Their Functions
  • Using Decibels for Small and Large Ratios and Values
  • When NOT to use Decibels
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Frequency vs. Wavelength
  • Band Designations
  • Radar Bands Common to Satellite Communications
Radio Building Blocks
  • Basics of Radio Amplifiers
  • Filter Types and Functions
  • Type of Oscillators (Sources)
  • Mixers and Multipliers
Earth Station Uplink Equipment
  • Upconverter Types and Characteristics
  • Typical Upconverter Specifications
  • Amplifier Types and Characteristics
  • Amplifier Impairments Due to Non-linearity
    • Intermodulation Distortion
    • Spectral Regrowth
  • Typical Amplifier Specifications
  • Post-Amplifier Combining Techniques
    • Wide-band Signal Combining
    • Frequency-specific Signal Combining
  • Transmission Line Characteristics
Antennas and Tracking Systems
  • Antenna Types
  • Antenna Patterns and Gain Calculations
  • Antenna Polarization Techniques
    • Linear Polarization Concept
    • Circular Polarization Concept
    • Comparison of Linear and Circular Polarization
  • Typical Antenna specifications
  • Antenna Tracking Systems
    • Step-tracking Systems
    • Mono-pulse Tracking Systems
Earth Station Downlink Equipment
  • The Low Noise Amplifier:  The Heart of the Receive System
    • LNA Types
    • LNA Characteristics
    • Typical LNA Specifications
  • Downconverter Characteristics
Modems and Error Correction
  • Modulation:  Digital and Analog
  • Basics of Digital Modulation
    • Modulation Scheme Constellations
    • Noise and Errors and Free Distance
    • C/N and Eb/N0 Calculations
  • Error Correction Techniques
    • Block Coding
    • Convolutional Coding
  • Modem Variations
    • Coherent vs. Differential Demodulation
    • Offset QPSK for PAPR Improvement
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  • Timing Considerations for Satellite Links
    • Loop Timing Systems
    • Master/Slave Timing Systems
    • Doppler Buffers for High Data Rates
  • Important Modem Characteristics and Specifications
Thermal Noise and C/N
  • Quantifying Noise
  • Determining the C/N
  • Adding the Uplink C/N and the Downlink C/N
Power and M&C Systems
  • System Components and Alarm Types
  • Critical and Technical Power Systems
A Comparison of Access Techniques
  • Dedicated Carrier Access
  • Demand Assigned Multiple Access
    • FDMA
    • TDMA
    • F/TDMA
  • Access Technique Selection Criteria
  • Cost Analysis: FDMA vs. TDMA
  • Hub-spoke vs. Mesh Networks
Uplink Design Considerations
  • Antenna gain and efficiency
  • Earth Station EIRP
  • Earth Station Gains and Losses
  • Setting Uplink levels
Downlink Design Considerations
  • Downlink Levels
  • Internal and External Noise Contributions
  • Noise Figure and Noise temperature
  • Performing a Cascade Analysis
  • G/T Contributing Factors
  • Performing a Detailed G/T Analysis
Determining System Availability
  • Equipment Configuration
  • Sparing strategy
  • Equipment reliability
  • Link Availability and rain fade
Overview of Link Analysis
  • Limiting Factors
  • Satellite Transponder Parameters
  • Earth Terminal Parameters
  • Operational Parameters
Spreading Loss and Path Loss
  • Determining Distance to Satellite
  • Determining Power Flux Density at Satellite
  • Free Space Loss
  • Other Loss Contributions
    • Pointing Loss
    • Polarization Offset Loss
Satellite Transponder Parameters
  • Saturation Flux Density
  • G/T
  • Saturation EIRP
  • Transponder Padding
  • Transponder Bandwidth
  • Transponder Footprint
  • Satellite Inclination
Performing Link Budgets for Bent-pipe Satellites
  • Determining Total C/N on a Link
  • Determining EIRP for Bandwidth-limited Operation
  • Performing Detailed Uplink/Downlink Power Budgets
  • Putting It All Together:  Link Budget Exercises
Ka-band and Processing Satellites
  • Processing Satellites:  Pros and Cons
  • Link Budgets for Processing Satellite
  • Ka-band and the Future of Geosynchronous Satellites
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