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Satellite Communications Training for Engineers and Managers

Satellite Communications Training for Engineers and Managers is a 2-day training course that provides engineers and managers with an in-depth knowledge of satellite communication principles, techniques, operations and key emerging technologies.

SATCOM training course for engineers and managers will give you a comprehensive overview of satellite communications technology and applications including emerging technologies.

SATCOM Training for Engineers and Managers short course focuses on basics of satellite communications technologies including key concepts, system survey, transponders, payloads, operations, network management, systems engineering, architecture of satellite systems, system requirements, voice, video, imaging, sensor fusion,  IP networking, protocols UDP/TCP/IP, concept of operations (ConOps), analyzing end-to-end satellite payload requirements, constellation, cybersecurity, threat analysis and mitigation.

Course Topics

  • Basics of Satellites
  • Introduction to Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
  • Satellite and Terrestrial Networks
  • SATCOM Building Blocks and Architecture: Satellite Types, Networks and Systems
  • Satellite Communications Technology Principles
  • Satellite Systems, Services, and Regulations
  • Satellite Communications Technical Fundamentals
  • Satellite Technology Engineering Across the SDLC
  • Link Design and Optimizations
  • Operations and Management (O&M)
  • Introduction To SATCOM Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Attacks and Best Mitigation Practices for SATCOM Systems
  • Evolution of SATCOM

Who Should Attend

Professionals and managers who are new to the SATCOM industry, and who want to have a clear understanding of basic satellite communications.

SATCOM training course for engineers and managers

Learning Objectives

After completing this 2-day course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of Satellites
  • Learn about Satellite Communications (SATCOM), services and features.
  • Examine SATCOM networks, architecture, network attacks, and their impact on devices
  • Understand modern satellite system design, multiple access, modulation and coding schemes.
  • Step through transponders, frequency bands, radio-wave propagation and the link budget, modulation, and antennas
  • Investigate the state of the art in new areas such as speech, video coding, and satellite networking.
  • Learn about orbital aspects, satellites subsystem & launching.
  • Describe satellite link design and analysis.
  • Compare and contrast tradeoffs among the various orbits, frequency bands, and modulation and coding
  • Learn about Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT)
  • View the SATCOM system from the perspective of the “hacker”
  • Analyze SATCOM system embedded hardware and firmware to detect vulnerabilities and opportunities for improving security
  • Analyze best practices with regard to securing space assets

Overview of Satellite Communications (SATCOM)

  • Introduction to SATCOM technologies, and terminology
  • Satellite basics
  • Basics of Satellite communications
  • Satellite communication services
  • Broadcasting services
  • Mobile satellite service
  • Fixed satellite service
  • High-bandwidth services
  • High-speed internet
  • Video conferencing
  • Multimedia applications

Introduction to SATCOM Technology

  • The Space Segment
  • The Ground Segment
  • The Satellite Earth Station
  • Space and ground systems
  • Spectrum management
  • Telemetry, Tracking, and Control (TT&C)
  • Gateway/Hub
  • User terminals and devices
  • Antennas
  • Coverage patterns
  • Uplink Earth station
  • Ground equipment
  • Satellite design
  • Electronic and mechanical components
  • Multiple channels or transponders
  • Transponder’s bandwidth and power
  • Satellite’s antennas

Satellite Types

  • Fixed Satellite Services (FSS)
  • Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
  • Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS)
  • Teleport
  • Frequencies
  • Commercial satellite services
  • Radio frequency bands
  • C-band
  • Ku-band
  • Ka-band
  • L-band
  • GEO, MEO versus LEO

SATCOM Building Blocks

  • Satellite space segment and transponders
  • Satellite ground segment
  • Earth stations subsystem
  • Satellite orbits and payloads
  • Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) system
  • Low Earth Orbit (LEO) system
  • Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) system
  • Earth & Planetary
  • Satellite coverage
  • Spacecraft operations
  • Terrestrial Systems
  • Satellite constellations
  • Spot beams
  • Radio link and spectrum
  • Propagation characteristics
  • Earth Stations
  • Antenna

Satellite System Performance

  • System tradeoffs
  • Requirement analysis of the satellite payload
  • RF interference
  • Multiple access techniques
  • Communications payload
  • Altitude Control
  • Propulsion
  • Electrical Power and Distribution
  • Payload
  • Thermal
  • Telemetry
  • Tracking and Command
  • Orbit control
  • Critical subsystem and system design analysis
  • Key payload communications parameters
  • Multi-beam antennas

Satellite Communications Systems Design

  • Basic components
  • Space and ground segments
  • User segments
  • Terrestrial networks
  • Transmitters
  • Antennas
  • Power generation
  • Link engineering
  • Satellite systems planning
  • Antennas
  • Link budgets
  • Channel characteristics
  • Transponder system design and architecture
  • Propagation
  • Interference
  • Payload engineering
  • Spacecraft engineering and operations
  • Earth station engineering and operations
  • Modulation and Coding

Link Design, Modulation and Antennas

  • Satellite systems planning
  • Basic transmission principles
  • Key parameters: EIRP G/T, SFD, Input/Output Backoff, C/No, Eb/No
  • Typical link budget, link margin and availability
  • Modulation systems (QPSK, OQPSK, MSK, 8PSK, and 16 QAM)
  • Basic aperture antenna definitions and relationships
  • Typical antenna configurations for satellite communications
  • System tradeoffs
  • Link budget analysis: RF power, EIRP, G/T
  • Radio noise
  • Interference

Satellite Engineering for Communications Satellites

  • System and service requirements
  • Network architectures
  • Space and ground architecture
  • Satellite orbits and design principles
  • Commercial satellites vs. military systems
  • Payload engineering
  • Network operations and management
  • Satellite communications payloads
  • Hubs and remote terminals
  • Repeaters, antenna system, and tracking systems
  • Critical subsystem and system design concepts
  • Payload specifications and design

Evolution of SATCOM

  • Payload architecture
  • Payload design techniques
  • Analog “bent-pipe”
  • Digital on-board processing repeaters
  • Single transmission, under the same coverage beam
  • Bent-pipe payload types
  • Frequency translation and signal amplification
    “transparency” or “waveform-free design”
  • Inefficient bandwidth utilization
  • Poor BER performance
  • Push factors
  • Digital Processor-based
  • Future Trends
  • Service Provisions and Quality for Analog/Digital
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Cybersecurity
  • Activity Based Intelligence (ABI)

Workshop 1: Overview of SATCOM Link Engineering

  • SATCOM link engineering
    SATCOM link budget primer
  • Principles of modulation and coding
  • Power link budgets and QoS design with link budgets
  • SATCOM antennas and spacecraft engineering
  • Ground systems
  • Spacecraft, ground  and user segments engineering management and operations
  • Payload engineering and project management
  • SATCOM networks and system design
  • RF engineering
  • Space protocols
  • Principles of TCP/IP and satellite
  • Propagation;
  • Satellite access techniques
  • Earth station engineering design and management
  • Payload design engineering design and management

Workshop 2: Overview of SATCOM O&M

  • Operations and Management Overview
  • Configuration
  • QoS/QoE
  • Optimizations
  • Cybersecurity

The workshops allow participants to put it all together on a practical project and on a team basis.


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