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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    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 allow 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:

    • 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:

    The world of satellite communications—both for commercial and defense systems—is moving more rapidly than ever before. There are major shifts in satellite technology, new ground terminal capabilities, new international standards, new launch capabilities, new business and operational strategies, and new opportunities and risks. Even if one is current in one of these areas, it is important for practitioners in the field to understand what is happening in all these areas in a comprehensive manner- and not only in the U.S. but around the world. This intensive six hour course by two top experts in the satellite field with industrial, academic and practical expertise provides enrollees in this exceptional AIAA technical course a complete and comprehensive overview of the rapidly shifting development in satellite technology, applications, standards, military and commercial systems, user terminal systems, and newly emerging policy and strategic issues related to the field.

    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.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 1 day
    AIAA CEU's available: yes