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32nd Satellite Communications Systems Course

25 - 28 September 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

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About the course

As the communications industry has evolved, each new technology has provided increased throughput and flexibility but none more so than in the field of satellite communications. Now in its 32nd edition, the IET Satcoms course has helped bring UK and international delegates up to date on the latest technology.

Taught by a diverse panel of industry experts, government technologists and academics, the comprehensive course syllabus is designed to provide the most relevant, industry-standard technical training for the professional Satcom engineer.

The course programme runs across four days and includes industry-focussed projects enabling you to put knowledge into practice straight away.

The course structure has been designed to lead the participant through each topic in a logical and accessible sequence bringing even the new entrant into the industry, up to speed with today’s technology. Course places are limited to ensure your learning needs are fully met.

Day 1 introduces the principles and fundamental concepts of satellite communications – satellite access techniques, modulation and coding, link budgets.

Day 2 addresses all aspects of spacecraft and earth station engineering and operations including antennas and payload design.

Day 3 is dedicated to satellite systems planning and provides a thorough understanding of link budgets and QoS design. Related propagation and VSAT network architectures topics are also extensively covered.

Day 4 aims to put everything you have learned during the course in the practical context. The day gives an in-depth insight into the world of applications and commercial aspects as well as into TCP/IP over satellite communications.

For those participants working towards a formal Engineering qualification it is worth noting that this course provides 24 CPD hours.

IET SSA TPN networking evening event - 27 September 2017

We are pleased to invite all delegates of the IET Satcoms Course to a special networking evening hosted by the IET Satellite Systems and Applications Technical Professional Network (IET SSA TPN).

Featuring a high-profile guest speaker, the event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and to network with the IET SSA TPN Executive Team members, and to learn how you could engage in the Network’s activities which include knowledge exchange and collaborations to foster innovative projects.

IET SSA TPN is a technical community focussing on furthering the knowledge and understanding of satellites, space vehicles and earth stations used in communications, navigation, earth observation and remote sensing.

Open to IET members and non-members, the Network aims to promote the IET on a variety of technology issues, collaborating with other institutions and delivering activities in various satellite disciplines.

IET Satcoms - who should attend

  • Students and graduates with engineering/science backgrounds planning to work in satellite communications
  • Engineers and technicians looking to refresh or develop their knowledge of modern satellite communications technology
  • Government and military technologists requiring a wider overview of the satcom industry
  • Corporate PR, marketing and sales staff requiring a deeper understanding of satellite communications technology

Companies and organisations attending this year:

  • BAE Systems
  • Babcock Int'l
  • BBC
  • Inmarsat
  • PPM
  • Raytheon
  • Teledyne
  • University of Dundee

This course is supported by the IET Academy

IET Academy - a flexible way to undertake your CPD and demonstrate your expertise

Whatever your career stage, the IET Academy provides flexible, e-learning courses for you across a broad range of technical and professional topics.

Whether you need to quickly bring your skills up-to-date in a specific subject area, maintain your CPD requirements for your employer, or as an IET member, or are looking to find a training solution for your team or company, the IET Academy provides a rich multi-media learning experience, proven to deliver results.

All courses are written by leading academic and industry organisations and are available as bite size units or full courses allowing you to fit in your training around your working day.

Initial courses will cover power engineering, mobile communications, railway safety, cyber security and engineering ethics.

To find out more about this exciting new e-learning solution for engineers, visit or email us: and find out about the CPD policy for IET members.


Member - £1700

Non-member - from £1850

Student / retired- £1000

Government / military - £1250