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Basic to Intermediate Satellite Communication for Engineers

Basic to Intermediate Satellite Communication for Engineers course provides a comprehensive overview of satellite communication principles, technologies, and systems. It is designed to equip engineers with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to understand, design, and implement satellite communication systems. The course covers topics ranging from satellite orbits and propagation to link budget analysis and satellite network architecture.


This course is suitable for engineers and technical professionals working in the field of telecommunications, networking, or related industries. It is also beneficial for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise in satellite communication systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of satellite communication, including satellite orbits, frequency bands, and link budget analysis.
  • Gain knowledge of satellite system components and their functions, such as transponders, antennas, and ground stations.
  • Comprehend the principles of satellite signal propagation, including atmospheric effects, rain fade, and interference.
  • Learn about different satellite communication applications, such as broadcasting, broadband internet, and remote sensing.
  • Acquire the skills to design and optimize satellite communication systems, considering factors like coverage, capacity, and reliability.
  • Familiarize yourself with the emerging trends and advancements in satellite communication technology.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Satellite Communication Systems

  • Overview of satellite communication principles and applications
  • Satellite Communication Applications
  • Broadcasting and direct to home (DTH) services
  • Satellite based broadband Internet
  • Remote sensing and Earth observation
  • Mobile and maritime satellite communication
  • Basics of space systems design and satellite orbits
  • Satellite orbits and launch methods
  • Space segment and ground segment
  • Components and functions of the space segment
  • Earth stations and their roles in the ground segment

Module 2: Satellite Network Architecture

  • Types of satellite networks (geostationary, medium Earth orbit, low Earth orbit)
  • Satellite network management and control
  • Satellite subsystems and their functions
  • Transponders and frequency bands
  • Antenna systems and beamforming techniques
  • Ground station equipment and operations
  • Intersatellite links and constellation configurations

Module 3: Satellite Communication RF

  • Satellite Signal Propagation
  • Atmospheric effects on satellite signals
  • Rain fade and mitigation techniques
  • Interference and spectrum management
  • Polarization and polarization effects
  • Frequency Allocation
  • Frequency bands and regulatory considerations in satellite communication
  • Frequency coordination and interference mitigation techniques
  • Satellite Network Multiple Access
  • Overview of multiple access techniques in satellite networks (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDM)
  • Capacity planning and resource allocation considerations
  • Antenna Types and their Effects on Network Performance
  • Introduction to different antenna types (parabolic, phased array, flat-panel, etc.)
  • Considerations for antenna selection and impact on link performance
  • Link Budget Calculation
  • Understanding link budget parameters and their significance
  • Effects of altitude, rain fading, signal propagation, interference, digital modulation, and error correction on link performance and availability

Module 4: Satellite Network and Terrestrial Network Integration

  • Integration challenges and protocols for seamless connectivity between satellite and terrestrial networks
  • Interworking architectures and standards
  • Full VSAT System Setup
  • Installation and alignment of VSAT antennas
  • Configuration and testing of modems for satellite communication

Module 5: Emerging Trends in Satellite Communication

  • High throughput satellites (HTS)
  • CubeSats and small satellite constellations
  • Satellite internet of things (IoT)
  • Satellite based 5G and beyond
  • Satellite network security and encryption techniques
  • Satellite communication for remote sensing and earth observation
  • Network planning and optimization
  • Emerging trends in satellite communication technology


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