Fundamentals of Space Communication and Hybrid Architecture
September 10-11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time



Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites and the fast-growing Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites constellations are competing in the high-volume terrestrial communications market. Typically satellite communication systems are more competitive in rural area, underserved communities, and broadcast television, but the development of High Through Put (HTP) satellite technologies are having the effect of leveling the playing field compared with cable and terrestrial wireless systems.

This course provides an overview of  current satellite technology.  It explains the advantages and disadvantages of satellites in the three orbital categories (GEO, MEO and LEO), the reasons why satellites have expanded operation into higher frequencies, the practical limitations of higher frequency operation and discusses some of the cutting-edge methods deployed by the satellite industry to maximize data through-put and signal availability. In addition, the course shows how the limited resource of wireless frequency spectrum is reused to multiple the satellites output.  These techniques are applicable to ground base systems as well as airborne and naval applications. Some current and near future satellite systems that optimize coverage and data rates will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the fundamentals of satellite communications
    • Issues concerning satellite orbital heights
    • Orbital characteristics
    • Satellite footprints
    • Frequency reuse through polarization
  • Discuss role of hybrid adaptive networks on traditional inter-sat communication
  • Discuss the signal path between Earth and the satellite
    • Communications link objectives
    • Antenna fundamentals
    • Atmospheric effects
  • Issues concerning the satellite digital data link
    • Signal linearity
    • Vector modulation
    • Comparing common signal modulation techniques
  • Assess the effects of signal distortions & noise
    • Signal distortion and noise accumulation through the satellite link
    • Controlling adjacent channel interference
  • Discuss how High Throughput Satellites (HTS) compete with terrestrial WiFi
    • Using higher frequencies and wider bandwidths
    • Adverse weather mitigation Ttchniques
    • Forward Error Correcting codes (FEC)
    • Understanding Adaptive Modulation (AM), FEC Codes & Bit Rates
  • Compare satellite configurations
    • Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) Satellites
    • Elliptical Orbits
  • Analyze the specifications of major satellite communication subsystems
    • Earth stations & space segment
    • Power amplifiers


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LRA Institute is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Thursday, September 10, 2020 Central  Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 –4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Part 1: Fundamentals of Satellite Communications

  • 1 Satellite Basics and Relevance in a WiFi World
  • 2 Satellite Orbits and Orbital Mechanics
  • 3 Orbital Characteristics and Applications
  • 4 Antenna Beams and Terrestrial Footprints
  • 5 Frequency Reuse through Polarization
  • 6 Satellite Transmission Path Issues
  • 7 GEO High Throughput (HTP) Satellite Systems
  • 8 LEO & MEO Satellite Systems

Part 2: Signal Transmission and Reception

  • 1 Communications Link Objectives
  • 2 Satellite Link
  • 3 Antenna Fundamentals
  • 4 Signal Transmission – EIRP
  • 5 Path Loss
  • 6 Atmospheric Effects
  • 7 Thermal Noise
  • 8 Signal Reception – G/T
  • 9 Satellite Link Example
  • 10 Satellite Tracking
  • 11 Uplink Power Controller (UPC)

Part 3: Signal Modulation Techniques and Trade-offs

  • 1 Signal Linearity
  • 2 Effects of Oscillator Stability (Phase Noise)
  • 3 Time Domain Effects
  • 4 Vectors Modulation
  • 5 Constant Amplitude Modulation
  • 6 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)
  • 7 Amplitude & Phase Shift Keying (APSK)
  • 8 Digital Data Trade Off

Part 4: Signal Distortions & Errors

  • 1 Signal Errors
  • 2 Group Delay Distortion
  • 3 Amplitude Distortion
  • 4 Combined Signal Distortions
  • 5 Adjacent Channel Interference
  • 6 Vector Modulation Errors
  • 7 Signal Distortions & Errors Summary

Part 5: High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and Operation in Ka Band

  • 1 High Throughput Satellites (HTS)
  • 2 Rain Fade at Ka Band
  • 3 Adverse Weather Mitigation Techniques
  • 4 Forward Error Correcting Codes
  • 5 Adaptive Modulation (AM), FEC Codes & Bit Rates

Friday, ,September 11, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In

9:00 – 12:00 pm :: Course Timing

Part 6: Comparing Satellite Configurations

  • 1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
  • 2 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)
  • 3 Geostationary (GEO) Satellites
  • 4 Elliptical Orbits

Part 7: Analyzing the specifications of Major Satellite Communication Subsystems

  • 1 Earth Stations Segment
  • 2 Space Segment
  • 3 Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPA)
  • 4 Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTA)

Part 8: Understanding the Hybrid Architecture and Adaptive Networks

  • 1 Overview of Link Budgets
  • 2 Traditional Line of Sight CONOPS (Short Periods of Ground Station Contact/Long Periods of No-Contact)
  • 3 Commercial Links – Globalstar network links, Multi-Ground Station Platforms, and Path Agnostic Communication
  • 4 Implications of Path Agnostic, or Hybrid Communications, to Space Vehicles and Space Vehicle CONOPS


Howard Hausman, President & CEO, RF Microwave Consulting Services

Howard Hausman received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Polytechnic University / Tandon School of Engineering, New York University and is President/CEO of RF Microwave Consulting Services. Mr. Hausman is also an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, School of Engineering. Formerly Mr. Hausman was President/CEO of MITEQ, Inc., a microwave engineering company with approximately 700 employees. The company designed products for ground-based satellite communications, space borne microwave, Radar, Reconnaissance, and commercial aircraft WiFi systems, as well as various microwave products for defense electronics. Following the acquisition of MITEQ, Mr. Hausman consulted to the merged L3-narda-MITEQ division for approximately two years. Howard also started and sold after 15 years a successful microwave systems and components company.

During his career, Howard Hausman served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering, before being appointed President/CEO of MITEQ, Inc. Howard Hausman is also a recipient of the New York University / Polytech Distinguished Alumni Award, the IEEE LI Section Alex Gruenwald Award “For outstanding contributions to enhance the knowledge of the IEEE LI Section members in Satellite Communications and Microwave Theory” and an Award from NASA for work on the Mars Landing Systems. Mr. Hausman is currently the Chairman of the IEEE LI Section Communications Society (COMSOC) and was selected to review papers for the IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference.

Dr. David Voss, Chief, Future Technologies Division, United States Space Force

Dr. Voss is a founding thought leader for the Hybrid Space Architecture and leads the Space Force Future Technology Division. Previously, Dr. Voss spent 9 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory overseeing its University Nanosat Program (UNP) and serving as a Program Manager. David received his BS in Engineering from Taylor University and his PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Boston University.

Fred Taylor, Vice President of Space & Cyber Applications, ViaSat Inc.

Fred Taylor is currently the VP of Space & Cyber Applications at ViaSat, a communications company with international communications services. Fred’s diverse experience includes managing technical space and cyberspace programs, directing global operations, and implementing systems-development-initiatives to drive mission success and maximize ROI. Prior to joining ViaSat in 2017, Fred worked for the US Air Force for several years, most recently as its Deputy Director, Joint Space Operations Center where he oversaw strategy development, operational planning, systems engineering, and operational C2. Prior to working with USAF, Fred was Chief, Operational Synchronization for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and heading it’s Future Operations. Fred is a graduate of George Washington University and has received his master’s in Military Operations Art and Science/Studies from USAF Air Command and Staff College and is a National Security Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Online Delivery

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