Satellite Communications, Today and Tomorrow: Technical Basics and Market and Technology Trends

8 - 9 September 2013

Location: San Diego Convention Center , San Diego, California
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Day One: Basics of Satellite Communications and Communication Satellites

This course provides and introduction to those aspects of RF transmission technology which are important to and govern the design of satellite communication systems. The physics underlying relevant RF communications topics concerning establishment of RF links between earth and a satellite (and vice versa) will be presented and explained, as well as the mathematical concepts governing the digitization and transmission of information over these links. Easily grasped intuitive explanations of the need for and methods of coding and decoding of information sent over satellite links will be presented.

Once the basics of the communications technology have been presented, the course will then provide an introduction to the types of communication satellite now in use and of the technologies used on these satellites and in their ground terminals to implement the RF transmission technologies. A subsystem by subsystem breakdown will be given of a typical communications satellite.

Day Two: Satellite Communications: Advanced Networks & Technology, Future Trends, and Defense Systems

This course updates people in the satellite industry as to new trends in satellite technology, services and applications and networking opportunities as well as launch options for both commercial and defense related satellite communications systems. It covers on-board processing, coding systems, shared payloads, new systems for coping with precipitation attenuation, beam hopping, lifetime extension techniques including on-orbit refueling and battery replacement, mobile satellite systems with ancillary terrestrial component, latest developments in ground terminal equipment, frequency coordination issues, and advanced launch systems. New strategies for implementing military systems, dual use systems and potential new strategies for defense-related systems (in space and on the ground) will be examined as well as new standards that allows seamless connection of commercial and military systems. Other relevant issues such as orbital debris, the sustainability of space, space situational awareness, the International Data Association, and new international requirements and “confidence building measures” will also be addressed.

Key Topics

Day One: Basics of Satellite Communications and Communication Satellites

  • Important Communications Systems and Concepts: Introduction to the basics of RF transmission, including modulation and coding, frequency and spectrum issues, links and link budgets.
  • Types of Services and Payloads: Categorization of services, types of payloads, transponders, power amplifiers, and antennas.
  • Orbits for Communication Satellites and Launchers for them. : GEO, MEO, HEO, and LEO orbits and their uses for various types of services.
  • Ground Terminals, Satellite Operations, and overall System Architectures: Uplink versus downlink terminals, TTC and satellite operations, and architectures for different types of services.
  • Satellite Payloads: Satellite payload and repeaters types, bent-pipe and processed payloads.
  • Satellite Bus Subsystems: Explanations of spin and three-axis stabilized satellites and explanations and breakdowns of all satellite subsystems and major equipments.

Day Two: Satellite Communications: Advanced Networks & Technology, Future Trends, and Defense Systems

  • Advanced Throughput Capabilities: Assessment of pros and cons of on-board processing and the latest in encoding techniques to drive advanced satcoms beyond 2.4 bits/Hz throughput efficiencies
  • New Strategies for Coping with Precipitation Attenuation in Ka band & Above. Provision of margin on demand with “Smart multi-beam” spacecraft and other advanced strategies.
  • Advanced Multi-beam Spacecraft with Phased Array Feed Systems optimized for “smart” ground micro-terminal capabilities
  • New Strategies for Military and Defense Satcom Systems: Review of shared platforms, rapid deployment systems, new forms of commercial lease-back arrangements,
  • Optimizing satellites for IP-based Services to the Edge: Latest on IPoS, Coping with IP Sec with VPNs, RFC vs. ITU recommendations, ISO 15045 and interfacing strategies, DBS-RCS, DOCSIS, and more.
  • Innovations in launch systems and In-orbit Servicing

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to know about the basics of satellite communications technology, operations, regulation and market dynamics—in short anyone wishing a comprehensive overview of the entire field. This is especially suited to relative newcomers to the field who need to understand how their work area relates to the many other areas of related specialization. Engineers new to the field, marketing and administrative staff, and someone wishing an update on satellite communications trends. Anyone involved with the development, operations, or marketing of communication satellites will find this course and excellent way to see where present trends are taking the field and how commercial and military satellite communications are becoming more closely entwined.