Understanding Satellite Communications

  • Procedures and practical advice for operators of commercial earth stations. 45 mins. Antennas, Site Considerations, Purchasing Guide for Low Maintenance, Selecting and Working with Vendors, Drive and Control Systems, HPAs, LNAs & LNBs, Electronic Receivers & Modulators, Maintenance Procedures and Schedules, Design Implications, Antenna Structures: Front, Back & Alidade, Backup Systems: Generator & Battery, Power Systems, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Communications In & Out of the Earth Station, Warranties, AISC Codes, Structural Integrity, Alignments and Adjustments, Elevation & Azimuth, Feedhorns, Waveguides, Lubrication, Corrosion, Paint and Damage Repair, Tools and Test Equipment, Preventative Maintenance, Weather Impact, etc.
  • An examination of the dollars and sense of the satellite industry. 70 minutes A History of Satellite Communications; The Satellite Niche: services and customers; Satellite Market Overview: launches, types, services, operators; The Satellite Industry Value Chain: space systems division, program planning, system design, network operations, technical support, and network services; Manufacture Trends: LEO, MEO, GEO, HEO, launch vehicles, launch costs, capabilities, and RLVs; The Insurance Market: brokers, rates, and risk assessment; Fees and Pricing: charges, processing types, and typical fees; Ground Systems, Operations, Satellite Control; Marketing Services: broadcast, private networks, public tele-com, OCUS, data applications, trends in transponder pricing; VSAT and DBS Market Evolution: revenues, pricing per segment, rural telephony, MSS, GMPCS, GPS, broadband, internet, multimedia, remote sensing; Future Trends.
  • The earth-based portion of the satellite signal is presented in vivid detail. 135 mins. Antennas (Types, Structures, Materials), Uplink & Downlink, Mounts, Actuators, Drives, Feeds, Mobile Antennas & SNG, Beamwidth, Frequency Converters and L-Band Conversion, HPAs: Klystrons, TWTAs, SSPAs, Shaped Beams, Spot Beam Antennas, Footprints and Satellite Spacing , Gain and Figure of Merit (G/T Ratio), Polarization, Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP), Atmospheric Effect on the Signal, Rain Attenuation, Measure of Signal Strength, Space Loss, LNAs, LNBs & LNCs, Noise Temperature & Noise Figure, Waveguides and Cables, Terrestrial Interference, S/N Ratio, C/N Link Calculation, Bit Error Rate (BER), Solar Outages, SCPC, Sat & Data Protocols; DAMA, FDMA-DAMA, TDMA, Aloha, Slotted Aloha; Delay & Echo, Error Correction Devices (Veterbi, Reed-Solomon, Turbo Code), Fiber Optics & Satellites, OSI, ATM & Frame Relay, Buffers and Storage, TES-VSAT Systems, STAR and MESH Network Topology, Digital Signal Processing-DSP, Emerging Trends.
  • The core program for an understanding of the complete satellite circuit. 60 mins. The Satellite Circuit; Signal Delay: Satellite Orbits:GEO, MEO, LEO, HEO; Spacecraft Design as related to the satellite circuit; Bent Pipe & Processing Satellites; Satellite frequency bands (P, L, S, C, X, Ku, Ku [dbs] Ka,), Microwaves and why they are used in satellite transmissions; Antenna Types; Antenna Size & Signal Frequency; Earth Station Components; Frequency Reuse and Coding, Frequency Polarization; ITU Sat Frequencies & Apps.; Transponders & Bandwidth; TDMA, CDMA, FDMA, ATM; Information Flow, Bandwidth, and Noise Reduction as related to Power Levels in the satellite circuit; C/R Carrier to Noise Ratio; Atmospheric Effect; SNR & BER; Rain Attenuation; Channel Capacity; Digital Technology: DSP, TDMA-DAMA, FDMA-DAMA,MPEG, BPSK, QPSK; TV and Transmission Standards: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV; Future Technological Advances in Satellite Communications.