Satellite Communications: Commercial, Military

Onsite Training: Satellite Communications
  • Course:Satellite Communications: Commercial, Military
  • Course ID:SATCOM Duration:2 days Where: Your Office (7+ Persons)
  • Available as a private, customized course for your group at your offices or ours and in some cases as a WebLive(TM) class.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Limitations of terrestrial communications
    • Advantages and disadvantages of satellites
  • History
  • Commercial Markets and Applications
    • Analog and digital transmission
    • Business applications
    • Radio
    • Television
  • Military Markets and Applications
    • GPS
    • Remote sensing
    • DOD tactical & strategic
  • Systems
    • Geo, Meo, Leo
    • Mobile satellite systems
  • Satellite Systems Architecture
    • Network configuration: Mesh vs. star
    • Remotes
    • Satellite subsystems
    • Ground station
    • Network management
  • Satellite Deployment
    • Orbital dynamics
    • Propulsion
    • Launch vehicles
    • Sun outages/eclipses
  • Communications Theory
    • OSI layers
    • Modems
    • LNA
    • HPA
    • Antennas
  • System Planning
    • Design
    • Link budget
    • Satellite coverage
    • Frequency bands
    • Eb/No
    • Modulation
    • Interference
  • Propagation
    • Frequency
    • Rain
    • Repeaters
    • Tall buildings
  • Protocols/Air Interface
  • Security
  • Wrap-up: System View
    • Putting it all together
    • End-to-end performance
    • Future of satellite communications
Course Overview

Course in a Nutshell

Satellites are a key component of the world’s communications infrastructure. For anyone involved with telecommunication and IT, understanding this technology is a fundamental requirement.  In this course you will learn both the technology and applications of satellites ranging from the early Sputnik to today’s advanced nano-satellites with optical laser links. We will review the satellite system components as well as the satellite deployment process from the launch to the in-orbit operation. Finally, we will study how to design a satellite network and select the proper components. In short, you will learn everything from A to Z for a comprehensive review of this important technology.


Customize It!

  • Are you involved with commercial satellites or military? This course is available in two versions, COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM, for commercial and military audiences, respectively.
  • Are you a wireless or satellite engineer who would like to “fill in the holes” and catch up with the state-of-the-art of satellites? Let us know so we can focus on the areas that interest you the most.
  • Are you a satellite installer who would like to learn the concepts and theory that underlie your craft? We can focus on the tools and techniques that will help you become more “tech savvy”.
  • Are you a manager, executive, or sales person whose work involves satellite communication systems? If so, we can emphasize those parts of the course that deal with the markets and applications pertinent to your project or product.
  • Add a workshop day (SATSHOP) at the end of the course, for a total of 3 days: Get some hands-on practice on the design, procurement, and installation of a satellite network. We can help you get ready! Please ask us about the “combo discount”.


Learn How To

  • Learn the current markets and applications for satellite communications
  • Understand the key components of a satellite system and how they fit together
  • Learn the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your field
  • Learn how to design a satellite system


Audience / Prerequisites

Aimed At

A semi-technical to technical audience with some prior exposure to telecommunications and comfort with technical subject matter.


  • "Best class I’ve had since joining the industry in 1992. Very thorough. Instructor has excellent knowledge base, good teacher, very amiable. Course book well done with good content and illustrations/graphics. Thank you for the great course and spreadsheets” – Michael Jorden, Major SATCOM Operator
  • “Exactly what we were looking for in the course. Instructor is very effective at teaching and very knowledgeable of course content. Handbook is well organized and visually effective." – Eric Knoblock, Communications Systems Engineer, NASA