Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals

Commitment 3 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


This three-day Satellite Communication Training Fundamentals course reviews the essential elements of all satellite communications systems, with an emphasis on system design and performance. The objective is to inform new engineers and other professionals as well as those knowledgeable in specific technical and business areas by covering the technical characteristics of each aspect of the space and ground system, and showing how they relate to each other. The fundamental connection is the radio link between the satellite and the earth station, which is covered in detail. The basic design of the satellite and earth station are covered to identify the primary elements of each and to compare alternatives that have been and continue to be employed in real systems. These include geostationary satellites and non-geostationary constellations that are currently in development.

Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals cover the following topics:
  • Satellite Communications Fundamentals: Satellite Systems, Services, and Regulation
  • Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals: Technical Fundamentals
  • Satellite Communications Fundamentals: The Space Segment
  • Satellite Communications Fundamentals: The Ground Segment
  • Satellite Communications Fundamentals: The Satellite Earth Link
  • And More…
  • 3 days of Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals with an expert instructor
  • Satellite Communications Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
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Upon completion of this Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals course, the participants will:

  • How satellite communications relate to other forms of wireless systems that are used to provide one-way broadcasting and two-way interactive services, especially those delivered through the global Internet
  • The framework that defines the properties of the satellite itself as part of the system and as governed by international rules and regulations, and as offered by commercial operators around the world
  • The types of earth stations used to employ space resources, particularly very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to fixed and mobile users, and larger stations used as hubs and gateways
  • The basic principles of radio-wave propagation and the link budget, which establish whether the connection between user and satellite will work as required
  • The tradeoffs among the various orbits, frequency bands, and modulation and coding technologies needed to realize the required services via the satellite link
  • The evolution of this technology in a changing world
  • We can adapt this Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Satellite Communications Fundamentals 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 Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Satellite Communications Training 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 Training course are:

  • Technical background and general exposure to telecommunications networks.


  1. Satellite Systems, Services, and Regulation. Introduction and historical background. The place of satellites in telecommunications. Satellite service definitions: broadcasting BSS, fixed-satellite FSS, and mobile satellite MSS. Major suppliers and operators of satellites. Satellite regulation: role of the ITU, FCC, and regulatory bodies of the various countries where services are provided. Satellite system design overview. Satellite real-world demands: security, control of accidental and intentional interference, resolving RFI.
  2. Technical Fundamentals. Satellite orbit alternatives and their characteristics: geostationary and non-geostationary. Basic definitions: channels, circuits, transponders, decibels. Satellite frequency bands – L, S, C, X, Ku, Ka, etc.: properties of waves, free space loss, polarization, bandwidth. Propagation through the atmosphere: air and clouds, rain, and the ionosphere. Carrying information on radio waves: coding, modulation, multiplexing, DVB-S2 standard, and extensions. Digital communications demands: bit error rate and availability. Satellite Communication Training Fundamentals
  3. The Space Segment. The space environment: gravity, radiation, and space debris. Orbits: geostationary orbits; non-geostationary orbits. Orbital slots, footprints, and coverage; satellite spacing; eclipses and sun interference. The basic design of a satellite: structure and spacecraft subsystems (bus), antennas, and repeaters (payload).
  4. The Ground Segment. Earth stations: types – VSATs and hubs, RF equipment (amplifiers and frequency converters), antenna configurations (reflector designs, phased arrays), mounting and pointing (fixed and mobile installations). Antenna properties: gain; directionality; sidelobes and legal limits on sidelobe gain. Electronics, EIRP, and G/T: LNA and LNB, SSPA; signal flow through an earth station.
  5. The Satellite Earth Link. Atmospheric effects on signals: rain effects and rain climate models; rain fade margins. Link budgets, C/N, and Eb/No. Multiple access techniques: FDMA, TDMA, ALOHA, CDMA; Paired Carrier Multiple Access, demand assignment; on-board processing. Signal security issues. Internet Protocol networks and adaptation to the satellite link.
  6. Satellite Communications Training Fundamentals Conclusion. Industry issues and trends: non-geostationary constellations for broadband, small sats, high altitude platforms, and challenges in the future.
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