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Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training

Advances in satellite communication is crucial for total global coverage of 5G and IoT interconnectivity. The Pentagon has turned to SATCOM for refinements in Link 16 for even greater situational awareness and safety as it applies to U.S. warfighters on the ground, in the air and at sea.

The demand in SATCOM for government and defense usage is constantly increasing — from a level of approximately 35Gbps in 2018 to an estimated 150Gbps by 2025.

SATCOM is crucial for the military, primarily because it provides beyond line of sight communications which can cover one-third of the earth or more on a single satellite.

Having SATCOM to get around distance and terrain issues is important. It’s also important for backhauling data to headquarters in the U.S. so that people in the Pentagon are seeing the same video that, say, a pilot is seeing in a helicopter or a pilot flying a UAV.

ViaSat has installed SATCOM on more than 300 military aircraft, including Boeing C-17 transports, Lockheed Martin C-130 transports and AC-130 gunships, and a number of command and control/intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, such as the Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft.

In the non-military world as well, Satellite communication touches our lives in ways most people don’t fully appreciate. From GPS to satellite TV to the communication networks that make modern economic and political affairs possible, there are few areas of life that the rise of SATCOM technology has not shaped in some way, directly or indirectly.

Satellite communication has two main components: the ground segment, which consists of fixed or mobile transmission, reception and ancillary equipment, and the space segment, which primarily is the satellite itself.

A typical satellite link involves the transmission or uplinking of a signal from an Earth station to a satellite. The satellite then receives and amplifies the signal and retransmits it back to Earth, where it is received and reamplified by Earth stations and terminals.

Satellite receivers on the ground include direct-to-home (DTH) satellite equipment, mobile reception equipment in aircraft, satellite telephones and handheld devices.

Basically, you can think of a satellite as a self-contained communications system. It has the ability to receive signals from Earth and then retransmit those signals back with the use of a transponder (an integrated receiver and transmitter of radio signals).

Space ground systems are the workhorse for all satellites and manned spacecraft missions.

Nearly all missions, whether they be military, civil or commercial, use space ground systems for both launch and on-orbit operations. In fact, according to the Delft University of Technology, space ground systems contribute over 5% of the total cost (more than $25 million for one small satellite) of the entire space system.

Working together to enable management of spacecraft, payload data and telemetry, ground control facilities may be located together in one area or expanded across the globe.

The components of a space ground system generally include:

  • Ground stations
  • Mission control centers
  • Ground networks
  • Remote infrastructure
  • Launch facilities

Ground stations act as the central nerve system for a satellite mission. The main element of a satellite ground station is a large antenna that physically communicates data from orbiting satellites and then processes that data into actionable reports for human operators.

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

Course Books:

  • Satellite Communications Earth Station Design and Analysis Training Complete Guide by Tony Radford (Author)
  • Satellite Communications Earth Station Design and Analysis Training Course Book by Dennis Roddy
  • SATCOM Training Overview Course Course Book by Teresa M. Braun
  • SATCOM Training Overview Course Book By George Sebestyen
  • Satellite Communications training Overview By C. Robert Welti
  • Satellite Communications training Overview Course Book Louis J. Ippolito Jr.
  • Satellite Communications training Overview Course Book Gerard Maral

Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Training

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