Advanced Satellite Communications

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The course is designed for individuals with a working knowledge of Satellite Communications who desire to acquire greater knowledge in the areas of Network Planning, satellite use cases, and technical & regulatory challenges. The course will start with a quick overview of Satellite Communications, Frequency Bands, LEO, MEO and GEO satellites, followed by typical examples of satellite use cases for 5G and technical & regulatory challenges that need to be resolved before satellites can be used for 5G. Participants will be exposed to advanced topics like link power budget, propagation delays, free space loss, multiple access techniques, small satellites business case, regulatory challenges, etc.

  • 3G/4G/5G Mobile Network Operators
  • Broadcasting Companies that utilize satellite links
  • Telecommunications companies (PTTs, Carriers)
  • Satellite operators
  • Internet Service Providers
  • IT & System Integration Companies
  • Multinational companies that rely on satellites
Instructor-Led Training
[Classroom: 4 days / LIVE Virtual*: 25 hours]
*Note:
  • A minimum of 5 or more participants are required for a company-based LIVE Virtual course to commence
  • LIVE Virtual courses can be conducted for 5 hours or 7 hours daily. Please note that the number of training days will be extended if you opt for 5 hours daily.

Module 1: Satellite Communications Overview

  • Common types of satellites
  • Comparing satellites
  • Orbits
  • Orbit types: GEO, LEO, MEO, HEO
  • Space Segment
  • Laws of satellite motion
  • Basic Components
  • Spacecraft, transponders, and launch vehicles
  • Transmitters
  • TransponderAntennas
  • Power Generation
  • Payload
  • Propulsion
  • Launch vehicles
  • Spectrum
  • Bands
  • Channels
  • Carrier
  •  Channelization
  • Satellite Access Techniques

Module 2: Technical Overview of Common Satellite Communications Terminology

  • EIRP, G/T, contours, and their relationships to dish size
  • Gains, losses, and level
  • Fundamentals of dB and level calculations
  • Signals, noise, and spectrums
  • Antennas, including side lobes, patterns, and gain
  • Propagation, including rain fade, blockage, snow/ice effects
  • Satellite links, with breakdown of how a link budget concepts, link margins, and availability.
  • Polarization
  • Earth station and equipment
  • Multiple Access Techniques
  • Access methods
  • SCPC, TDMA, TDM, DAMA, CDMA, OFDM, DVB
  • Propagation Interference and Regulation
  • Payload Engineering
  • Spacecraft Engineering and Operations
  • Earth Station Engineering
  • Modems
  • Modulation and coding
  • Amplitude modulation
  • Frequency modulation
  • Phase modulation
  • Chanel coding and decoding
  • Footprints
  • Link budget
  • Link margin
  • Payload
  • Gateway
  • NOC
  • SOC
  • Horizontal and geographic satellite coordinates and look angles
  • Trajectories

Module 3: Basic Transmission Principles

  • Satellite architecture and subsystems
  • Baseband signals
  • Analog transmission
  • Digital transmission
  • 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
  • Propagation and Interference
  • Radio noise
  • Interference between satellite networks
  • Interference with terrestrial networks

Module 4: Network Architectures and Properties of Bands

  • Traffic multiplexing
  • Multiple access, and assignments strategies
  • Satellite Engineering for Communications Satellites
  • Availability
  • Current and projected Applications
  • UT/Terminal
  • Design process and suitability for manufacturing
  • Manufacturing process
  • Next generation technologies
  • Platforms for Terminal (Chips, OS, MMI, etc)
  • Transmission (coding, modulations, etc)
  • IF and Baseband equipment
  • Terrestrial interface
  • Satellite tracking

Module 5: Ground Segment

  • Types of earth stations
  • Architecture of earth station
  • Design considerations
  • Earth station hardware
  • Antennas

Module 6: Overview of 3G/4G/5G Technologies

  • Different components of a GSM family of systems and what each does
  • SIM/IMSI
  • Evolution from GSM to 5G
  • General UT design – different subsystems and components
  • Types of antennas and design
  • Capabilities and limitations
  • Product development process

Module 7: Satellite Link Design Fundamentals

  • Transmission equation
  • Satellite link parameters
  • Frequency considerations
  • Propagation considerations
  • Techniques to counter propagation effects
  • Noise considerations
  • Interference related problems
  • Link design – procedure and link budget

Module 8: Satellite for 5G

  • Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)
  • Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)
  • Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC)
  • Communications on the Move
  • Hybrid Multiplay
  • Trunking and Head-end Feed
  • Backhauling and Tower Feed
  • Regulations for 5G

The trainees should have basic understanding of Telecommunications and some knowledge of satellite communications and 5G. Some background in wireless will be preferable.

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Duration: Classroom: 4 days / LIVE Virtual: 25 hours
Delivery Format: Virtual Training

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