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Satellite Communications Engineering Training, a Special 3-day Technical Satellite Communications Training Class


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TONEX’s Satellite Communications Engineering Training is a 3-day  Technical  satellite communications Training course covering all aspects of the satellite systems and other aeronautical services.

This course is designed for technical and non-technical professionals who are interested to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of Satellite communications.

Topics Covered:

Mission Analysis

  • Kepler’s law
  • Circular and elliptical satellite orbits
  • Altitude regimes
  • Period of revolution
  • Geostationary Orbit orbital elements
  • Ground trace

Earth-Satellite Geometry

  • Azimuth and elevation
  • Slant range
  • Coverage area
  • Signals and Spectra Properties of a sinusoidal wave
  • Synthesis and analysis of an arbitrary waveform
  • Fourier Principle
  • Harmonics
  • Fourier series and Fourier transform
  • Frequency spectrum

Methods of Modulation

  • Overview of modulation
  • Carrier
  • Sidebands
  • Analog and digital modulation
  • Need for RF frequencies

Analog Modulation

  • Amplitude Modulation (AM)
  •  Frequency Modulation (FM)

Digital Modulation

  • Analog to digital conversion
  • BPSK
  • QPSK
  • 8PSK FSK
  • QAM
  • Coherent detection and carrier recovery
  • NRZ and RZ pulse shapes
  •  power spectraldensity
  • ISI
  •  Nyquist pulse shaping
  • Raised cosine filtering

Bit Error Rate

  • Performance objectives
  • Eb/No
  • Relationship between BER and Eb/No
  • Constellation diagrams
  • Why do BPSK and QPSK require the same power?


  • Shannon’s theorem
  • Code rate, coding gain
  • Methods of FEC coding
  • Hamming
  • BCH
  • Reed-Solomon block codes
  • Convolutional codes
  • Viterbi and sequential decoding
  • Hard and soft decisions
  • Concatenated coding
  • Turbo coding
  • Trellis coding


  • Equivalent (noise) bandwidth
  • Occupied bandwidth
  • Allocated bandwidth
  • Relationship between bandwidth and data rate
  • Dependence of bandwidth on methods of modulation and coding
  • Tradeoff between bandwidth and power
  • Emerging trends for bandwidth efficient modulation

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Frequency bands used for satellite communication
  • ITU regulations
  • Fixed satellite service
  • Direct broadcast service
  • Digital audio radio service
  • Mobile satellite service

Earth Stations

  • Facility layout
  • RF components
  • Network operations center
  • Data displays


  • Antenna patterns
  • Gain
  • Half power beamwidth
  • Efficiency
  • Sidelobes
  • System  Temperature
  • Antenna temperature
  •  LNA
  • Noise figure
  • Total system noise temperature

Satellite Transponders

  • Satellite communications payload architecture
  • Frequency plan
  • Transponder gain
  •  TWTA and SSPA
  • Amplifier characteristics
  • Nonlinearity
  • Intermodulation products
  • SFD
  • Backoff

Multiple Access Techniques

  • Frequency division multiple access (FDMA)
  • Time division multiple access (TDMA)
  • Code division multiple access (COMA)
  • Spread spectrum
  • Capacity estimates


  • Linear and circular polarization
  • Misalignment angle

Rain Loss

  • Rain attenuation
  • Crane rain model
  • Effect on G/T
  • Frequency dependence

The RF Link

  • Decibel (dB) notation
  • Equivalent isotropic radiated power (EIRP)
  • Figure of merit (G/T)
  • Free space loss
  • Why does the free space loss depend on wavelength?
  •  Satellite EIRP and G/T footprints
  • Power flux density
  • Carrier to noise ratio
  • The RF link equation

Link Budgets

  • Communications link calculations
  • Uplink, downlink, and composite performance
  • Link budgets for single carrier and multiple carrier operation
  • Detailed work examples

Performance Measurements

  • Satellite modem
  • Use of a spectrum analyzer to measure bandwidth
  • C/N, and Eb/No
  • Comparison of actual measurements with theory using a mobile antenna and a geostationary satellite