Riva, Md., [DATE]—An upcoming course is just the ticket for satellite and spacecraft engineers who are looking to build on their technical expertise with broadly marketable skills that will enable them to take on more expansive roles in the satellite communications industry. Developed by Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses), a leading provider of classroom-based and online training programs geared for space industry professionals, “Satellite Communications Design and Engineering” will combine a thorough overview of how communications satellites function with information-packed modules devoted to the practical skills necessary to design and operate satellite communications networks.
Participants in the program, set for October 15-17, 2013, in Columbia, Md., will learn the mathematical and other skills necessary to perform and verify link budget calculations, which are essential to ensuring that a satellite connection can carry data efficiently and reliably. They will also gain the ability to evaluate satellite networks independently and in collaboration with other satellite professionals. In addition, attendees will learn how Earth stations and transponders function, gain an understanding of phenomena such as rain fade, and develop a grasp of the forces that affect how a satellite orbits the Earth.
The three-day course will be taught by Chris DeBoy, head of the RF Engineering Group in the Space Department at the renowned Applied Physics Laboratory run by The Johns Hopkins University. DeBoy is an expert in the development of satellite communications systems and spacecraft designed for deep-space missions. He is the lead RF communications engineer for NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto.
DeBoy replaces another space industry veteran at the helm of the course, which is offered periodically by ATI. Robert Nelson, a satellite communications expert, author, and consultant, taught the program until his passing earlier this year.
Further details about the program, including registration and cost information, are at www.aticourses.com/Satellite_Communications_Design_Engineering.htm.
About Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses or ATI)
ATIcourses is a national leader in professional development seminars in the technical areas of space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, engineering, and signal processing. Since 1984, ATIcourses has presented leading-edge technical training to defense and NASA facilities, as well as DOD and aerospace contractors. ATI’s programs create a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and a working knowledge of current technology and applications. ATI offers customized on-site training at your facility anywhere in the United States, as well as internationally, and over 200 annual public courses in dozens of locations. ATI is proud to have world-class experts instructing courses. For more information, call 410-956-8805 or 1-888-501-2100 (toll free), or visit them on the web at www.ATIcourses.com.
Note: Accredited media are invited to attend for free.