Introduction to Satellite Communications

22-23 February 2011


This course is given by Professor Barry Evans and Dr Paul Thompson.

Details to follow

Provisional Syllabus

DAY1:  Architectures/Components/Technology:


1.Introduction and Background: BGE                                                      9-10-30am


2. Earth stations-compositions and operations. PT                                 10-45-11-45


3.Satellites-composition and operations BGE                                          11-45-12-45


4.Spectrum and Regulation: PT                                                                   2-3-15pm

 5.Services, standards and Qos design BGE                                               3-30-5pm


6. Review of the day and Q/A session BGE and PT                                  5-5-30pm



DAY 2 Applications of Satellite Comms.


1. Mobile satellite systems BGE                                                         9-10-30am

Key features of mobile satellite systems

INMARSAT system up to BGAN

Regional GEO’s Thuraya/AceS

Constellations—Iridium/Globalstar/ Orbcom

Future technologies

2.   Broad Band  Access and VSATs PT                                          10-45-12-15

Evolution of VSATs

Network Structures

Role of Standardisation

VSAT implementation

INTERNET via IP over satellite


3. Broadcasting BGE                                                                           1-15-2-45

Key features of fixed broadcast systems

MPEG coding

DVB-S and S2


Digital Radio broadcast ESDR

Digital Multimedia to vehicles/handhelds-DVB-SH


4. Military PT                                                                                           3-4pm

Military Comms needs

How are military systems different to Civil

Aspects of existing systems

5. Case Study:                                                                                         4-5pm


6. Future prospects: BGE/PT                                                              5-5-30pm

Big GEO technologies-multibeam antennas/processing payloads/improved access/efficient components

Small satellites--clusters

New business opportunities-fusion EO/Posn/comms


Standards evolution


Skynet follow-on


As this course is running in termtime there is no accommodation available at the University. A link to accommodation available locally is here.



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