Satellite Communications

—An Essential Introduction


The Primer to the subject for more than 30 years!

For more than three decades Satellite Communications--An Essential Introduction has been

the most-attended basic training program in the subject.

Your instructor is Dr. Mark R. Chartrand.

Intended to explain the concepts, jargon, buzzwords, and acronyms of the entire satellite communications field to the non-technical person,SatelliteCommunications also serves as a refresher for technical personnel entering the satellite business.

In six major sections, this three-day seminar explicates and clarifies all the parts of the industry:

PART 1: Satellites and Telecommunications: Services, Regulations, and Markets

Introduction and historical background. Legal and regulatory environment of satellite telecommunications: industry issues; standards and protocols; regulatory bodies; satellite services and applications; steps to licensing a system. Telecommunications users, applications, and markets: fixed services, broadcast services, mobile services, navigation services.Satellite communications providers: satellite competitiveness; competitors; basic economics; satellite systems and operators; using satellite systems. Satellite politics and realities.

PART 2: Communications Fundamentals

Basic definitions and measurements: decibels. The spectrum and its uses: properties of waves; frequency bands; bandwidth. Analog and digital signals. Carrying information on waves: coding, modulation, multiplexing, networks and protocols. Signal quality, quantity, and noise: measures of signal quality; noise; limits to capacity; advantages of digital.

PART 3: The Space Segment

The space environment: gravity, radiation, solid material. Orbits: types of orbits; geostationary orbits; non-geostationary orbits. Orbital slots, frequencies, footprints, and coverage: slots; satellite spacing; eclipses; sun interference. Out to launch: launcher’s job; launch vehicles; the launch campaign; launch bases. Satellite systems and construction: structure and busses; antennas; power; thermal control; stationkeeping and orientation; telemetry and command. Satellite operations: housekeeping and communications.

PART 4: The Ground Segment

Earth stations: types, hardware, and pointing. Antenna properties: gain; directionality; limits on sidelobe gain. Space loss, electronics, EIRP, and G/T: LNA-B-C’s; signal flow through an earth station.

PART 5: The Space-Earth Link

Atmospheric effects on signals: rain; rain climate models; rain fade margins. Link budgets: C/N and Eb/No. Multiple access: SDMA, FDMA, TDMA, CDMA; demand assignment; on-board multiplexing.Issues, trends, and the future.

Now available, a full textbook based on this seminar.

This text is largely non-mathematical, with the math details more fully explained in the appendices, complete with full index, glossary of terms and acronyms, and more. For a complete table of contents and some sample pages, and to order, see

Comments from previous attendees:

"Overall the best seminar on any subject I've ever attended. It is absolutely vital for filling in gaps in knowledge of any satellite or communications professional."--Chuck DeCaro, CEO, Aerobureau

"This is without a doubt the most interesting and informative course I have ever attended, and it completely fulfilled my expectations. This is due in no small measure to Dr. Chartrand's delivery and style of lecturing."--Andrew Jordan, Asiasat

"I was terribly impressed with the amount of information that Dr. Chartrand has."--John Reynolds, HBO

"Dr. Chartrand was very well prepared. He has an excellent knowledge of satellite technology."--Andre Cortese, Comsat

"The seminar leader was extremely good at relating technical topics to easy examples as comparison."--Michele Susko, Total Communications Program

"Excellent management level satellite communications course. A 2-day course with 2-weeks of material." --Eric N. Cardwell, NEC America

In addition to presentation to mixed business groups in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, this seminar has also been presented as customized in-house training for many firms, including:

Satellite Communication-An Essential Introduction seminars are held under the auspices of Applied Technology Institute (ATI). For further information, and to register, contact ATI at:

Applied Technology Institute

349 Berkshire Drive

Riva, MD 21140

Telephone: +1 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100

Facsimile: +1 410-956-5785



Copyright ©2017 by Mark R. Chartrand.