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Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training by Tonex

The Fundamentals of Modern Commercial and Military Satellite Systems Training Course by Tonex is a comprehensive training program designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of satellite systems. It covers topics such as satellite communication systems, orbits, launch vehicles, ground stations, and payloads, and provides practical training on how to design, operate, and maintain satellite systems. The course is suitable for professionals involved in the design, development, operation, and management of satellite systems, and provides a certificate of completion from Tonex.

Military and commercial satellite communications is growing exponentially as both government and private satellites increase in volume and use case.

To understand the basics of satellite communications you must understand that satellites are built using sophisticated electronic and mechanical components that must withstand the vibrations of a rocket launch and then operate in the environment of space – without maintenance – for periods of 15 years or more.


A satellite consists of the spacecraft bus (which is the primary spacecraft structure containing power, temperature control and directional thrusters) and the communications payload (which receives, amplifies and retransmits the signals over a designated geographic area).

Two critical considerations in spacecraft design are power and coverage. A satellite contains multiple channels, called transponders, that provide bandwidth and power over designated radio frequencies.

The transponder’s bandwidth and power dictate how much information can be transmitted through the transponder and how big the ground equipment must be to receive the signal. In addition, the satellite’s antennas direct the signal over a specific geographic area.

Typically, military satellite communication programs are fully-funded by Governments, however, they are increasingly augmented with Commercial Satcom services.

The Satcom market landscape is changing so quickly that it is extremely important for militaries to maintain flexibility. Experts in this field believe that remaining agnostic enables communication services to constantly adapt and stay ahead of the game.

Maintaining a presence in outer space has only grown more strategically important. Today, there are over 4,800 artificial satellites orbiting the Earth, and hundreds of them have been launched expressly for military purposes.

While dozens of countries have deployed military satellites, the United States has a reported 231, by far the most with more than one in every four military satellites in orbit being launched in 2019 or later.

While commercial satellite communications focuses on providing a conduit for businesses to improve financially, military satellites have a wide range of uses. These include:

  • Communications
  • Reconnaissance
  • Weather tracking
  • Navigation

In 2022, there are new satellite communication trends and technologies such as advanced ground systems, advanced payload systems and very high throughput satellites (VHTS). Trends also include:

  • Smaller satellites
  • Satellite IoT
  • Greater use of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • In-orbit services

Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training Course by Tonex

Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training, SATCOM Technology and Networks Training Course is a 5-day advanced satellite communications technology, network course.

Tonex SATCOM Training programs provide a full range of training options that include classroom training as well as optional hands-on operation of equipment and systems. Our integrated training programs reinforce formal or theoretical training with practical training. Practical training serves to bridge the student’s experience from the theoretical to the practical and also serves to reinforce the original formal classroom training.

Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training, SATCOM Technology and Networks Training program is designed to enable the participants  to properly analyze, design, operate  and maintain SATCOM and VSAT systems.

SATCOM Technologies develops its training materials based on Military and Commercial Standards, Data Item Description and best practices.

Whether you are a technical or management professional, you can turn to this highly understandable and comprehensive satellite technology, applications, and management course: Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training.

Learn about Satellite Communications systems engineering as applied to satellite communications, model based systems engineering (MBSE), SysML, SDR, explanations of all aspects of analyzing, designing, building and using a satellite systems, and discussions on digital communications and processing in modern military and commercial satellite systems and networks.

Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training covers all the fundamentals of military and commercial satellites, ground control systems, earth stations, analysis, design and operation of segments. Participants gain a practical understanding of the key construction and usage of military and commercial satellite networks: how subsystems of a military and commercial satellite system function, how various parts and components interact, which role each part or component plays, and which factors are the most critical to project success.

SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS: Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training – Learning OBJECTIVES


Upon completion of this Satellite Communications Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training, SATCOM Technology and Networks Training Course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of Satellite Communications
  • Explore modern applications for satellite communications in military and commercial domains
  • Learn the key concepts of a satellite system, architecture, building blocks and technologies
  • Learn how to analyze, model, design and operate commercial and military satellite systems
  • Learn new SATCOM services and features
  • Explore modern military and commercial satellite system design, multiple access, channels, modulation, coding schemes and security
  • Learn about orbital aspects
  • Explain satellites subsystem & launching
  • Learn about satellite link design and analysis
  • Define Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT)
  • Non-geosynchronous systems (NGSO), GPS & Mobile Systems (Voice, Data and Video), Internet Applications (GEO/ NGSO options) and SATCOM trends

Course Agenda

Fundamentals of Satellite Communications

  • Satellite Communications 101
  • Commercial and Military Markets and Applications
  • GEO, MEO, LEO and HEO Orbits
  • Orbital Dynamics
  • Propulsion and Launch Vehicles
  • Communications Theory
  • Satellite Systems Architecture

Commercial and Military Satellite Communications, Networks and Technologies

  • Mobile Satellite Systems
  • GEO-Mobile Radio Interface Specifications
  • Military and Commercial Satellite Communication infrastructure

Satellite Communications Principles and Design

  • Satellite Communications: Earth Station Design and Analysis
  • VSAT Design, Installation and Program Management
  • Commercial and Military Satellite Communications Cybersecurity
  • Overview of GNSS Infrastructure Trends
  • GPS, Remote Sensing, Tactical links, JREAP and Strategic Missions

Satellite Network Configuration

  • Satellite Subsystems
  • User Terminals
  • Ground Station
  • Operation Support Systems (OSS)
  • Network Operation Center (NOC)
  • Network Management Tools
  • Communications Protocols
  • OSI Layers
  • Modems
  • LNA/HPA/Antennas

Satellite System Planning

  • RF Design
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Link budget
  • Satellite coverage
  • Frequency and Bands
  • Eb/No
  • Modulation and Coding
  • Satellite Figure of Merit
  • Interference and Propagation
  • Rain and Other Impairments
  • End-to-End Security End-to-end performance

Future of Satellite communications

  • Technology Trends
  • Intelligence-Information Ops
  • Microwave and RF Engineering
  • Photonics
  • Satellite Communications Power Engineering
  • Satellite Communications Project Management
  • Radar and Remote Sensing
  • Security and Privacy
  • Sensors and Sensor Fusion
  • Role of AI in Satellite Communications and SIGINT
  • Signal Processing
  • Satellite Communications Solid State Technology
  • Advanced Space Technologies
  • Transportation Systems
  • GPS/GNSS Antennas
  • GNSS, Inertial, and Multisensor Integrated Navigation Systems
  • GNSS for Vehicle Control and Autonomous Driving
  • GNSS for Vehicle Control
  • Future of GPS/GNSS, Principles and Applications
  • Robotic Navigation and Mapping
  • MEMS-based Integrated Navigation
  • Navigation Signal Processing for GNSS Software Receivers
  • Inertial Navigation Systems Analysis
  • Wireless Positioning Technologies and Applications
  • GNSS Interference Threats & Countermeasures
  • Military and Commercial Interference Threats & Countermeasures


SATCOM Threat Analysis

  • Cybersecurity of SATCOM Network Providers and Customers
  • Mitigations for SATCOM Network Providers
  • Overview of Mitigation Tools, Procedures and Methods
    • Use secure methods for authentication.
    • Enforce principle of least privilege.
    • Review trust relationships.
    • Implement encryption.
    • Ensure robust patching and system configuration audits.
    • Monitor logs for suspicious activity.
    • Ensure incident response, resilience, and continuity of operations plans are in place.

Mitigations for SATCOM Network Providers and Customers

  • Secure methods for authentication, including multifactor authentication
  • Principle of least privilege through authorization policies
  • Trust relationships
  • Independent encryption
  • Network logs for suspicious activity

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