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Ground Systems Design & Operation

3-Day Course

$1990 per person

Summary

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 operations.

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 system.

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Students participating in this course should download in advance Ground System Design worksheets (in Microsoft Excel format) by clicking here.

  1. The Link Budget — An introduction to basic communications system principles and theory; system losses, propagation effects, Ground System Performance, and frequency selection.

  2. Ground System Architecture and System Design — An overview of ground system topology providing an introduction to ground system elements and technologies.

  3. Ground System Elements — An element by element review of the major ground system subsystems, explaining roles, parameters, limitations, tradeoffs, and current technology.

  4. 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.

  5. Modulation Basics — An introduction to modulatio types, signal sets, analog and digital modulation schemes, and modulator - demodulator performance characteristics.

  6. Ranging and Tracking — A discussion of ranging and tracking for orbit determination.

  7. Ground System Networks and Standards — A survey of several ground system networks and standards with a discussion of applicability, advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ati@aticourses.com.

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Instructor

Steve Gemeny is Principal Program Engineer. Formerly Senior Member of the Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he served as Ground Station Lead for the TIMED mission to explore Earth's atmosphere and Lead Ground System Engineer on the New Horizons mission to explore Pluto by 2020. Prior to joining the Applied Physics Laboratory, Mr. Gemeny held numerous engineering and technical sales positions with Orbital Sciences Corporation, Mobile TeleSystems Inc. and COMSAT Corporation beginning in 1980. Mr. Gemeny is an experienced professional in the field of Ground Station and Ground System design in both the commercial world and on NASA Science missions with a wealth of practical knowledge spanning nearly three decades. Mr. Gemeny delivers his experiences and knowledge to his students with an informative and entertaining presentation style.

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