Satellite Communications | Overview
This one-day course (which is also the first day of our Satellite Communications | Intermediate and Satellite Communications | Advanced courses) provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the design and provision of modern satellite communications systems.
Some basic familiarity with communications fundamentals is assumed as background knowledge for the course. Attendance at our Basic Communications Principles course is recommended for those who want to gain an understanding of the underlying communications principles before attending this course.
Duration: 1 day
Delivery mode: Classroom
In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.
What you will receive
- A copy of the book Principles of Satellite Communications, Ryan M.J., Argos Press, Canberra, 2004.
- Comprehensive course notes
- UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Micro-credentials: Successful completion of the full five days of Satellite Communications | Advanced (of which this course is the first day) will provide students with advanced standing in the postgraduate micro-credential 3UoC course ZEIT8242 Satellite Communication Knowledge. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.
- Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.
*pending final results
Anyone requiring an overview of the basic principles underpinning modern satellite communications systems; business managers; project managers; project technical staff; systems engineers; engineers seeking technology refresh.
Brief history of satellite communications | The space environment | Basic satellite operation | Space & ground segment
Types of orbits | Kepler’s laws & choice of orbital parameters | Orbital perturbations & Doppler effect | Effect of orbit height-GEO, MEO, LEO | Satellite launch | Orbital manoeuvring | Footprints and look angles | Solar eclipses
Frequency ranges | Frequency allocations | Satellite frequency bands | Interference and coordination
Aspects of Propagation and Antennas
Electromagnetic waves | Transmission path losses | Types of antennas - dipoles / horn antennas / parabolic antennas
FDMA | TDMA | CDMA
Link Budget Overview
Uplink and downlink model | System parameters | Example link budget
Broadcast satellite service | Fixed satellite service | Mobile satellite
Associate Professor Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leadership (FIML). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is a co-chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 200 technical papers and reports.