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Satcoms 2018


33rd Satellite Communications Systems Course

24 - 28 September 2018 | 99 City Road Conference Centre, London

& 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 33rd 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 five days and includes industry-focussed projects enabling you to put knowledge into practice straight away. More information on the course projects can be found here.

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: This module could be taken on its own and covers satellite communications essentials (introduction commercial and milsatcom use, future technology trends etc.).

Day 2: Agenda covers satellite systems planning and provides a thorough understanding of link budgets and QoS design.

Day 3: Agenda addresses spacecraft engineering and operation including antennas and payload design.

Day 4: Earth station design and satellite applications including access techniques and IP over satellite

Day 5: Practical workshop with two exercises and a guided tour around Inmarsat control room at 99 City Road. Agenda aims to put everything you have learned during the course in the practical context and give you insight in the real world of Inmarsat satcoms control room with live information from around the Earth.

For those participants working towards a formal Engineering qualification it is worth noting that this course provides 35 CPD hours.

Benefits of attending the Satcoms course

  • Satellite systems planning and a thorough understanding of link budgets and QoS design, so that you will be able to identify modulation and encoding techniques for optimised performance of satcoms systems; understand links budgets that would help and hence assist you to sell the service products as you better understand what is achievable in terms of quality of service.

  • Spacecraft engineering and operation including antennas and payload design, which would will position you better to work for satellite manufactures that design actual spacecraft and the payload (plus support communication services hosted on it).

  • Earth station design and satellite applications including access techniques and IP over satellite – so you will be able to achieve the highest (optimised) throughput, customer traffic and select the most appropriate access techniques for a given application to enable applications to work more efficiently; You will also understand better the key parts of ground stations and be better placed to select the most suitable equipment for each applications.

  • Networks and system design - current commercial and military use as well as likely future trends – this module will give you better appreciation of the core principles, techniques and application knowledge required to design complete systems end-to-end, providing essential tools and skills to enable individuals to work across a wide spectrum of terminal manufacturers, platform vendors, satellite providers and network operators.

What people say about Satcoms

"The IET Satcoms course was really great as content and knowledge transferred, but it was also the result of fantastic organisational work!"

"Great idea having these projects! Allows you to put it all together on a practical project and on a team basis."

"Fantastic course – so much hard work but rewarding. Thanks to all, particularly the course organizer who did a good job. Thank you."


Standard member - £1999
Standard non-member - £2250
Student - £1000
Govt/mil - £1250 (10% discount on groups of three or more)

One day fee

Member - £400
Non-member - £450
Student - £250
Govt/mil - £350