Satellite Communications | Intermediate


This three-day course (which incorporates our Satellite Communications | Overview course as the first day) provides participants with an understanding of the issues associated with the design and provision of modern satellite communications systems. This Satellite Communications | Intermediate course is the first three days of our five-day Satellite Communications | Advanced course.

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: 3 days

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive

Affiliated courses: Satellite Communications | Overview (1 day) & Satellite Communications | Advanced (5 days)

*pending final results 


Anyone requiring a more detailed understanding of the basic principles underpinning modern satellite communications systems; business managers; project managers; project technical .staff; systems engineers; engineers seeking technology refresh.


Day 1

Satellite Communications | Overview short course

Day 2-3

Propagation Issues and Path Losses

Electromagnetic waves | Transmission path losses and calculation | Propagation for mobile communications systems

Modulation and Multiplexing

Analogue modulation | FM | Bandwidth | Noise effect | Digital modulation | PSK | Spectral efficiency | Multiplexing – Frequency division multiplexing / Time division multiplexing

Multiple Access


Channel Coding

Information theory-reason for channel coding | Channel coding in satellite communication | Block codes | Convolutional codes | Viterbi decoding | Punctured, interleaved, concatenated codes | Turbo codes

Source Coding

Analogue-to-digital conversion | Huffman / predictive / transform coding | Video and audio coding

Link Budget Considerations

Uplink and downlink model | System parameters | Example link budget


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.


30 November 2020 - 2 December 2020