Providing the Skills for Africa

As a satellite communications partner with over 40 years’ experience in providing various connectivity solutions for African customers, SATCOM is investing back into their customers on the latest connectivity solutions in the Satellite market.

Course Outline Focus:

·        Satellite Basics including Orbits, Frequency bands and Footprints

·        System Architecture

·        Antenna Sub-system, including tracking

·        RF equipment (SSPA VS TWT)

·        Satellite Modem basics and configuration

·        Satellite Auxiliary equipment

·        Test Equipment

·        Satellite earth station first line maintenance


Day 1 – Satellite Basics including orbits, Frequency bands and Footprints

Session

Title

Content

AM 1

Introduction and initial Q & A

Q & A session to identify attendees experience and overview of course objectives

AM 2

Introduction to Satellite basics

Identify the different frequency band and satellite footprints

PM 1

System Architecture

Identify all the elements that makes up a satellite link

PM 2

System Architecture

Continue


Day 2 – Satellite Antenna Sub-system including Tracking

Session

Title

Content

AM 1

Antenna subsystems

Reflector, sub reflector and antenna patterns

AM 2

Antenna tracking

Discuss the different types of satellite tracking methods

PM 1

Antenna gain

Do link budgets with different antenna sizes to illustrate the difference in gain

PM 2

Satellite interference

Discuss the different types of interference present in satellite communications


 Day 3 – RF Equipment and transmission

Session

Title

Content

AM 1

Transit RF equipment and redundancy

Discuss the difference/advantages between solid state and travelling tube amplifiers and redundancy

AM 2

LNB`s/LNA`s

Why use LNA`s and sometimes LNB`s. The pros and cons of each

PM 1

Frequency propagation

How frequencies behave in various transmission material types

PM 2

Maintenance

How to maintain your SSPA or TWT amplifier


Day 4 – Satellite Modem basics and configuration

Session

Title

Content

AM 1

Modems

What type of modems and what type of modulation techniques they use

AM 2

VSAT vs SCPC

What is the difference between VSAT (TDMA) and SCPC

PM 1

Satellite bandwidth optimization

How to utilize a modem efficiently to save money

PM 2

Test Equipment

How to use a spectrum analyser


Day 5 – Satellite Auxiliary equipment and earth station first line maintenance

Session

Title

Content

AM 1

Auxiliary equipment

The use of Auxiliary equipment in satellite communications

AM 2

First line maintenance

Daily routines and general inspections

PM 1

Q&A

Overview of the complete earth station

PM 2

Q&A

Additional questions that may arise