Spacecraft RF Communications Training

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


The spacecraft RF Communications Training course is intended for practicing systems engineers who want to learn how to apply model-driven systems Successful systems engineering requires a broad understanding of the important principles of modern spacecraft communications. This three-day Spacecraft RF Communications Training course covers both theory and practice, with emphasis on the important system engineering principles, tradeoffs, and rules of thumb. The latest technologies are covered.

This Spacecraft RF Communications Training course is recommended for engineers, managers, and scientists interested in acquiring an understanding of satellite communications, command and telemetry, and tracking. Each participant will receive a complete set of notes.

  • Important systems engineering principles and latest technologies for spacecraft communications.
  • Design drivers for today’s command, telemetry, communications, and processor systems.
  • RF link budgeting principles.
  • Important effects of noise, radiation, bit errors, and spoofing.
  • Low noise receiver analog and digital design
  • Error control channel coding
  • Application of Kalman filtering to spacecraft tracking.
  • Satellite types and configurations
  • 3 days of Spacecraft RF Communications Training with an expert instructor
  • Spacecraft RF Communications Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


  • We can adapt this Spacecraft RF Communications course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Spacecraft RF Communications course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft RF Communications course 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 Spacecraft RF Communications course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

Upon completing this Spacecraft RF Communications course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:


The target audience for this Spacecraft RF Communications course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Spacecraft RF Communications course are:

  • N/A


  1. RF Signal Transmission. Propagation of radio waves, antenna properties, and types, Doppler and fading channel characteristics. One-way radar range equation, space-time coding, and multiple input, and output (MIMO) channels.
  2. RF Carrier Modulation. Linear and non-linear multilevel modulations. Analysis of advanced techniques such as OFDM. System design implications of bandwidth and power efficiency, peak to average power, error vector magnitude, error probability, etc.
  3. Noise and Link Budgets. Sources of noise, effects of noise on communications, system noise temperature. Signal-to-noise ratio, bit error rate, link margin. Communications link design example.
  4. Error Control Channel Coding. Performance and application of error detection and correction algorithms to spacecraft communication. Shannon’s capacity theorem, entropy, data compression, block, convolutional coding, and turbo coding.
  5. Telemetry Systems. Sensors and signal conditioning, signal selection, and data sampling. Frame formatting, and packetizing standards.
  6. Receiver Analog Signal Processing. RF conversion structures, frequency, and gain planning, automatic gain control, high-speed analog to digital conversion techniques, and bandpass sampling.
  7. Receiver Digital Signal Processing. Quadrature down conversion, processing gain, packet synchronization, Doppler estimation, automatic gain control, carrier and symbol estimation in kinematic environments, coherent vs. noncoherent demodulation.
  8. Kalman Filters. Navigation, trajectory prediction, spacecraft attitude estimation, and tracking.
  9. Satellite Systems. Types of satellites, beam switching, autonomous navigation, NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), and commercial operations.
  10. Special Topics. Optical communications, low-probability-of-intercept communications. NASA STRS software defined radio.
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