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Advanced satellite communications  |    A 3 day   hands on   training course

Satellite communications training course description

This course starts by recaping some of the essential satellite knowledge required and proceeds to explore the deeper aspects of satellite communications, including hardware, communications and error control coding.

What will you learn
  • Explain how satellite communications work.
  • Explain how RF works
  • Explain the architecture of satellite systems.
  • Use spectrum analysers.
Satellite communications training course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Anyone working with satellite systems.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None.

  • Duration
  • 3 days

  • Dates & prices
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Satellite communications training course contents

  • Basic Principles of Satellite Communications
  • GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Launching and orbits. Frequency bands and polarisation. Satellite footprints. Multibeam coverage. Power spectra. Link budgets. Modulation and coding. Access technologies. Earth station components. Space segment components. Satellite system services. Satellite operators.

  • Radio frequency propagation
  • Electromagnetic waves principles and generation. Reception of the EM wave. Space wave, sky wave and surface wave theory. The isotropic radiator. Types of antennae and their basic properties. Polar diagrams. International frequency allocation. Spectrum management and utilisation. Radio wave propagation. Line of sight propagation. Propagation for satellite comms. Free space path loss. Path attenuation. Noise and Interference. Power and its measurement.

  • Satellite antennae and other hardware
  • Power flux density. Effective aperture. Horn antennae. Parabolic reflector. Offset feed. Cassegrain and Gregorian antennae. Antenna feed systems – Horn, TMC, OMJ and polarizer. Antenna steering and mount systems. Array antennae. LNA, LNB, LNC. Microwave tubes – TWT and Klystron. Polarizers.

  • Earth and Space Segments and the link
  • Earth station antennae. Transponders. Antennae sub systems. Power supplies. Link budgets. System noise. System losses. Interference. Satellite switching.

  • Ground Communications Equipment
  • Baseband signals. Analogue and Digital systems. Overview of modulation – AM, FM, PM. Digital Modulation. Frequency conversion –up and down conversion. Filters, mixers, local oscillators, IF amplifiers and group delay equalisers. Access methods – single and multiple access systems. Data networks. Television transmission – analogue and digital. Digital signal compression. MPEG processing.

  • Satellite Navigation
  • Longitude, latitude, altitude, GPS, How GPS works, timing, alternatives to GPS.

  • Mobile satellite services
  • Voice and Phones, BGAN, TV, GPS to program aerial, VSAT.

  • Error Control Coding
  • The need for coding. Linear block codes. Cyclic codes. Convolution codes. Interleaving and concatenated codes. Coding gain. Turbo codes.

  • Test and measurement
  • Theory and practice of Spectrum Analysers.

Learning path



Based on overall ratings

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"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

J. S. - Framestore CFC

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.