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VSAT Systems Engineering

Key Information

  • Level: Intermediate (Level 2)
  • Duration: 2 Day Course
  • Delivery: Instructor-led with demos
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Some familiarity with satellite communications is assumed, although all key principles are reviewed during the course.

Outline and Objectives:

Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite communications remain important in many situations, including for effective contribution and distribution of digital content, for broadband Internet access in under-developed countries and for infill elsewhere, and for secure communications in disaster and war zones. This course gives a complete treatment of VSAT Systems Engineering, including options for system design, antenna performance, space-segment calculations, and set-up and tuning of VSAT systems.

Who Should Attend:

Suitable for technical staff involved in designing or deploying VSAT Systems, and anyone wanting a broad understanding of the capabilities and architecture of VSAT implementations.

Course Contents:

  • Satellite Fundamentals: Commercial Bands, Footprints, Bandwidths, Polarisations
  • Propagation, Losses and Fading
  • Antenna Alignment: Beacons, Magnetic Offset and Known Signals
  • Systems Elements: Encoders, Modulators, Upconverters, SSPA, HPA, KPA, Waveguides, LNBs and LNAs
  • System Integration: IFs, LNB Noise Floors, Cable Losses, Impedance's and Level Checks
  • Redundant Systems: 1:1, 1:N, 2:N
  • Link Calculations: Eb/No, EIRP, Antenna Gains, G/T, Power/bandwidth trade offs
  • Commissioning Tests and Documentation

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