Course Duration


Course Objectives

Communications speed is one of the major challenges faced by thousands of companies operating in remote or tough places around the world. As such, many companies choose to implement in their process flow, satellite systems that allow them to have an agile and independent communications network. Satellite Communications Systems is the only guide that covers the entire technology, from ground links through signaling, access, spacecraft, orbits and positioning.

This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding on the use and development of satellite communications and VSAT networks. The course provides principles and technologies used in the design and performance of satellite communications system.

After successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Explain the basics principles of Satellite Communication and the satellite communications architecture.
  • Describe the concepts of satellite communication links, transponders, frequency bands, link budgets and how they are affected by antennas.
  • Understand the modern satellite propagation, multiple access, modulation, coding schemes and orbital aspects.
  • Explore VSAT architecture, propagation aspects, link design and analysis.
  • Explain VoIP and Video applied to VSAT and VSAT-base IP communications technologies.

Target Audience

This course is specially designed for strategic or technical managers, consultants, communications professionals, system engineers, network professionals, broadcasters who wants to explore satellite communication network and evaluate VSAT and other satellite communications products and service.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Overview of Satellite Communication
  • Introduction to Satellite communication
  • History of Satellite Communications
  • Types of Satellites
  • VSATs and Applications
  • Traffic and Services
  • Basic link operation
  • Regulatory issues and constraints
Module 2: Satellite Communication Principles
  • Satellite Physical Architecture, Subsystems and Components
  • Equipment suppliers and Service providers
  • Satellite orbits
  • Kepler’s Laws and Orbital Parameters
  • Inmarsat, Thuraya, Iridium, Globalstar
  • Frequency Bands (L-Band, C-Band, X-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band and more)
  • Satellite Communication Segments
  • Satellite Transponder, Antennas and Ground Systems
Module 3: Satellite RF Link Design
  • Power, Noise and Link analysis
  • The deciBel (dB), dBW, dBm, dBi
  • Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP), Power Flux Density (PFD). Antenna Gain and Free-Space Path Loss
  • Understanding satellite Link Budgets
  • Principles of Modulation
  • BPSK, QPSK, 8PSK, FSK, GMSK, QAM schemes
  • Antenna Gain-to-Noise-Temperature (G/T)
  • Symbol rate, bit rate
  • Noise, power, C/N and Eb/No
  • BER vs Eb/No
  • Practical performance and limitations
  • Principles of Coding
  • Common coding schemes: Convolutional, Turbo, LDPC, Polar

Course Curriculum

Module 4: Satellite Link System Performance
  • Propagation Mechanisms
  • Absorption, Scattering, Refraction, Diffraction, Multipath, Scintillation, Fading and Frequency Dispersion
  • TWTA vs SSPA
  • Satellite Multiple Access
  • Aloha / Contention schemes
  • Mobile Satellite Principles (GMR)
Module 5: VSAT System
  • VSAT Network Architecture
  • Basic VSAT Components
  • VSAT Applications
  • Expansion requirements
  • Connectivity (star or mesh, full time or occasional)
  • VSAT terminal configuration and design
  • Military VSAT systems
  • Military satellites and terminals
  • Military Reconnaissance Satellites (ISR)
  • Threats and countermeasures
Module 6: VSAT Installation Design and Propagation
  • VSAT installation criteria and techniques
  • LNB, TRF, BUC, IFL, OMT, waveguide
  • Elements of VSATs
  • Terminal design criteria
  • Earth Stations and VSAT Terminals
  • VSAT Antennas
  • VSAT Dish Pointing Concepts
  • VSAT Footprints
  • Polarization
  • Band characteristics and propagation impairments
  • Atmospheric behavior
  • Rain and Other losses
  • Solar outages

Course Curriculum

Module 7: Data Protocols over Satellite
  • TCP/IP protocol suite: TCP, UDP, IP
  • TCP protocol design
  • TCP/IP performance enhancement over satellite links
  • TCP acceleration
  • Satellite-specific optimization products
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • IP multicast fundamentals and multicast deployment issues
Module 8: Digital Video Broadcast
  • DVB principles and standards
  • Satellite: DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-SH
  • Cable: DVB-C, DVB-C2
  • Terrestrial television: DVB-T, DVB-T2
  • Digital terrestrial television for handhelds: DVB-H, DVB-SH
  • Microwave: using DTT (DVB-MT), the MMDS (DVB-MC) and/or MVDS standards (DVB-MS)
Module 9: User Application Considerations
  • Network design and capacity planning
  • Voice over IP, voice quality, compression algorithms
  • VPN: resolving conflicts with TCP and HTTP acceleration
  • Video Teleconferencing: H.320 and H.323

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