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Advanced satellite communications

A 3 day
training course

Satellite communications training course description

This course starts by recaping some of the essential satellite knowledge required and proceeds to explore the deeper aspects of satellite communications, including hardware, communications and error control coding.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Explain how satellite communications work.
  • Explain how RF works
  • Explain the architecture of satellite systems.
  • Use spectrum analysers.

Satellite communications training course details

Who will benefit:
Anyone working with satellite systems.
3 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall rating:

Course review

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

Satellite communications training course details

Basic Principles of Satellite Communications
GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Launching and orbits. Frequency bands and polarisation. Satellite footprints. Multibeam coverage. Power spectra. Link budgets. Modulation and coding. Access technologies. Earth station components. Space segment components. Satellite system services. Satellite operators.

Earth and Space Segments and the link
Earth station antennae. Transponders. Antennae sub systems. Power supplies. Link budgets. System noise. System losses. Interference. Satellite switching.

Ground Communications Equipment
Baseband signals. Analogue and Digital systems. Overview of modulation – AM, FM, PM. Digital Modulation. Frequency conversion –up and down conversion. Filters, mixers, local oscillators, IF amplifiers and group delay equalisers. Access methods – single and multiple access systems. Data networks. Television transmission – analogue and digital. Digital signal compression. MPEG processing.

Satellite Navigation
Longitude, latitude, altitude, GPS, How GPS works, timing, alternatives to GPS.

Mobile satellite services Voice and Phones, BGAN, TV, GPS to program aerial, VSAT.

Error Control Coding
The need for coding. Linear block codes. Cyclic codes. Convolution codes. Interleaving and concatenated codes. Coding gain. Turbo codes.

Test and measurement
Theory and practice of Spectrum Analysers

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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