ATI's Ground System Design & Operation course
This course provides a practical introduction to all
aspects of ground system design and operation. Starting
with basic communications principles, an understanding
is developed of ground system architectures and system
design issues. The function of major ground system
elements is explained, leading to a discussion of day-to-day
operations. The course concludes with a discussion
of current trends in Ground System design and
This course is intended for engineers, technical
managers, and scientists who are interested in acquiring
a working understanding of ground systems as an
introduction to the field or to help broaden their overall
understanding of space mission systems and mission
operations. It is also ideal for technical professionals
who need to use, manage, operate, or purchase a ground
Students participating in this course should download in advance Ground System Design
worksheets (in Microsoft Excel format) by clicking
What You Will Learn:
- The fundamentals of ground system design,
architecture and technology.
- Cost and performance tradeoffs in the
spacecraft-to-ground communications link.
- Cost and performance tradeoffs in the design
and implementation of a ground system.
- The capabilities and limitations of the various
modulation types (FM, PSK, QPSK).
- The fundamentals of ranging and orbit
determination for orbit maintenance.
- Basic day-to-day operations practices and
procedures for typical ground systems.
- Current trends and recent experiences in cost
and schedule constrained operations.
- The Link Budget — An introduction to basic communications system
principles and theory; system losses, propagation effects, Ground System Performance,
and frequency selection.
- Ground System Architecture and System Design — An overview of ground system
topology providing an introduction to ground system elements and technologies.
- Ground System Elements — An element by element review of the major ground
system subsystems, explaining roles, parameters, limitations, tradeoffs, and
- Figure of Merit (G/T) — An introduction to the key parameter used to
characterize satellite ground system performance, bringing all ground system
elements together to form a complete system.
- Modulation Basics — An introduction to modulatio types, signal sets,
analog and digital modulation schemes, and modulator - demodulator performance
- Ranging and Tracking — A discussion of ranging and tracking for orbit
- Ground System Networks and Standards — A survey of several ground system
networks and standards with a discussion of applicability, advantages, disadvantages,
- Ground System Operations — A discussion of day-to-day operations in a typical
ground system including planning and staffing, spacecraft commanding, health and status
monitoring, data recovery, orbit determination, and orbit maintenance.
- Trends in Ground System Design — A discussion of the current
approach on Ground System design and operation, including
COTS hardware and software systems, autonomy, and unattended "lights out" operations.
Tuition for this three-day course is $1990 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 email@example.com.