Earth Station and Terminal Design Training

This intensive three-day Earth Station and Terminal Design Training course is intended for satellite communications engineers, earth station design professionals, and operations and maintenance managers and technical staff. The Earth Station and Terminal Design Training course provides a proven approach to the design of modern earth stations, from the system level down to the critical elements that determine the performance and reliability of the facility. We address the essential technical properties in the baseband and RF, and delve deeply into the block diagram, budgets and specification of specifications of earth stations, hubs, and VSATS. Also addressed are practical approaches for the procurement and implementation of the facility, as well as proper practices for O&M and testing throughout the useful life. The overall methodology assures that the earth station meets its requirements in a cost effective and manageable manner.

Attendees will receive a copy of Mr. Elbert’s textbook The Satellite Communication Ground Segment and Earth Station Handbook, 2nd ed, Artech House, 2014.

Earth Station and Terminal Design TrainingDuration: 3 days

  • We can adapt this Earth Station and Terminal Design Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Earth Station and Terminal Design Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Earth Station and Terminal Design Training around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Earth Station and Terminal Design course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Earth Station and Terminal Design course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Earth Station and Terminal Design course are:

  • N/A
Earth Station and Terminal Design Training - COURSE SYLLABUS
  1. Ground Segment and Earth Station Technical Aspects. Evolution of satellite communication earth stations— teleports and hubs • Earth station design philosophy for performance and operational effectiveness • Engineering principles • Propagation considerations • The isotropic source, line of sight, antenna principles • Atmospheric effects: troposphere (clear air and rain) and ionosphere (Faraday and scintillation) • Rain effects and rainfall regions • Use of the DAH and Crane rain models • Modulation systems (QPSK, OQPSK, MSK, GMSK, 8PSK, 16 QAM, and 32 APSK) • Forward error correction techniques (Viterbi, Reed-Solomon, Turbo, and LDPC codes) • DBU-S2x and DVB-RCS2 standards, transmission equation and its relationship to the link budget • Radio frequency clearance and interference consideration • RFI prediction techniques • Interference criteria and coordination • Site selection • RFI problem identification and resolution.
  2. Major Earth Station Engineering. RF terminal design and optimization. Antennas for major earth stations (fixed and tracking, LP and CP) • Upconverter and HPA chain (SSPA, TWTA, and KPA) • LNA/LNB and downconverter chain. Optimization of RF terminal configuration and performance (redundancy, power combining, and safety) • Baseband equipment configuration and integration • Designing and verifying the terrestrial interface • Station monitor and control • Facility design and implementation • Prime power and UPS systems. Developing environmental requirements (HVAC) • Building design and construction • Grounding and lightening control.
  3. Hub Requirements and Supply. Earth station uplink and downlink gain budgets • EIRP budget • Uplink gain budget and equipment requirements • G/T budget • Downlink gain budget • Ground segment supply process • Equipment and system specifications • Proposal evaluations • Technical comparison criteria • Operational requirements • Cost-benefit and total cost of ownership.
  4. Link Budget Analysis Related to the Earth Station Standard ground rules for satellite link budgets • Frequency band selection: L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka • Satellite footprints (EIRP, G/T, and SFD) and transponder plans • Transponder loading and optimum multi-carrier backoff • How to assess transponder capacity • Maximize throughput • Minimize receive dish size • Minimize transmit power • Examples: DVB-S2 broadcast, digital VSAT network with multi-carrier operation.
  5. Earth Terminal Maintenance Requirements and Procedures. Outdoor systems • Antennas, mounts and waveguide • Field of view • Shelter, power and safety • Indoor RF and IF systems • Vendor requirements by subsystem • Failure modes and routine testing.
  6. VSAT Bassband Hub Maintenance Requirements and Procedures. IF and modem equipment • Performance evaluation • Test procedures • TDMA control equipment and software • Hardware and computers • Network management system • System software.
  7. Hub Procurement and Operation Case Study. General requirements and life-cycle • Block diagram • Functional division into elements for design and procurement • System level specifications • Vendor options • Supply specifications and other requirements • RFP definition • Proposal evaluation • O&M planning.

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