Introduction to Satellite Communications
This three-day introductory course reviews the essential elements of all satellite communications systems, with an emphasis on system design and performance. The objective is to inform new engineers and other professionals as well as those knowledgeable in specific technical and business areas by covering the technical characteristics of each aspect of the space and ground system, and show how they relate to each other. The fundamental connection is the radio link between satellite and earth station, which is covered in detail. Basic design of the satellite and earth station are covered to identify primary elements of each and to compare alternatives which have been and continue to be employed in real systems. These include geostationary satellites and non-geostationary constellations that are currently in development.