This intensive four-day course is intended for satellite communications engineers, earth station design professionals, and operations and maintenance managers and technical staff. The course provides a proven approach to the design of modern earth stations, from the system level down to the critical elements that determine the performance and reliability of the facility. We address the essential technical properties in the baseband and RF, and delve deeply into the block diagram, budgets and specification of earth stations and hubs. Also addressed are practical approaches for the procurement and implementation of the facility, as well as proper practices for O&M and testing throughout the useful life. The overall methodology assures that the earth station meets its requirements in a cost effective and manageable manner.
Attendees will receive a copy of Mr. Elbert's textbook The Satellite Communication Ground Segment and Earth Station Handbook, 2nd ed, Artech House, 2014.
Bruce R. Elbert, MS (EE), MBA, Adjunct Professor (ret),
College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Elbert is a recognized satellite communications expert and has been involved in the satellite and telecommunications industries for over 40 years. He founded Application Technology Strategy, LLC, to assist major private and public sector organizations that develop and operate cutting-edge networks using satellite and other wireless technologies During 25 years with Hughes Electronics, he directed the design of several major satellite projects, including Palapa A, Indonesias original satellite system; the Galaxy follow-on; and the development of the first GEO mobile satellite system capable of serving handheld user terminals. Mr. Elbert was also ground segment manager for the Hughes system, which included eight teleports and 3 VSAT hubs. He served in the US Army Signal Corps as a radio communications officer and instructor. By considering the technical, business, and operational aspects of satellite systems, Mr. Elbert has contributed to the operational and economic success of leading organizations in the field. He has written nine books on telecommunications and IT.
Ground Segment and Earth Station Technical
Evolution of satellite communication earth stations
teleports and hubs Earth station design philosophy for
performance and operational effectiveness Engineering
principles Propagation considerations The isotropic source,
line of sight, antenna principles Atmospheric effects:
troposphere (clear air and rain) and ionosphere (Faraday and
scintillation) Rain effects and rainfall regions Use of the
DAH and Crane rain models Modulation systems (QPSK,
OQPSK, MSK, GMSK, 8PSK, 16 QAM, and 32 APSK)
Forward error correction techniques (Viterbi, Reed-Solomon,
Turbo, and LDPC codes) Transmission equation and its
relationship to the link budget Radio frequency clearance
and interference consideration RFI prediction techniques
Antenna sidelobes (ITU-R Rec 732) Interference criteria and
coordination Site selection RFI problem identification and
Major Earth Station Engineering.
RF terminal design and optimization. Antennas for major
earth stations (fixed and tracking, LP and CP) Upconverter
and HPA chain (SSPA, TWTA, and KPA) LNA/LNB and
downconverter chain. Optimization of RF terminal
configuration and performance (redundancy, power
combining, and safety) Baseband equipment configuration
and integration Designing and verifying the terrestrial
interface Station monitor and control Facility design and
implementation Prime power and UPS systems. Developing
environmental requirements (HVAC) Building design and
construction Grounding and lightening control.
Hub Requirements and Supply.
Earth station uplink and downlink gain budgets EIRP
budget Uplink gain budget and equipment requirements
G/T budget Downlink gain budget Ground segment supply
process Equipment and system specifications Format of a
Request for Information Format of a Request for Proposal
Proposal evaluations Technical comparison criteria
Operational requirements Cost-benefit and total cost of
Link Budget Analysis Related to the Earth Station
Standard ground rules for satellite link budgets Frequency
band selection: L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka Satellite footprints
(EIRP, G/T, and SFD) and transponder plans Transponder loading and optimum
multi-carrier backoff How to assess transponder capacity
Maximize throughput Minimize receive dish size Minimize transmit power
Examples: DVB-S2 broadcast, digital VSAT network with multi-carrier operation
Earth Terminal Maintenance Requirements and
Outdoor systems Antennas, mounts and waveguide
Field of view Shelter, power and safety Indoor RF and IF
systems Vendor requirements by subsystem Failure modes
and routine testing.
VSAT Basseband Hub Maintenance Requirements
IF and modem equipment Performance evaluation Test
procedures TDMA control equipment and software
Hardware and computers Network management system
Hub Procurement and Operation Case Study.
General requirements and life-cycle Block diagram
Functional division into elements for design and procurement
System level specifications Vendor options Supply
specifications and other requirements RFP definition
Proposal evaluation O&M planning
Tuition for this four-day course is $2195 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.