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Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 07:35:08 -0400
From: AFCEA Professional Development Center
Subject: c4i-pro AFCEA Training: Military Satellite Communications
AFCEA Course 102AJ
Military Satellite Communications
November 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1998
This course is Classified SECRET.
Fees: Government Personnel $990
Location: AFCEA International Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia
Satellite communications dominate current and planned military and
government communications systems. This course provides an in-depth
understanding of current and future military satellite communications.
The military requirements and threat are developed. The communication
aspects of the system (e.g. modulation, coding, and multiple-access) are
emphasized and the key problems of communicating in a jamming and/or
nuclear environment are presented. All of the current and future
military and commercial satellite systems are described. The topics
provide a comprehensive perspective of satellite communications for
The course is evenly balanced between general principles and discussions
of specific systems. The course will include demonstrations of various
satellite communications equipment.
This course describes the fundamental aspects of satellite communication
systems engineering with emphasis on the description of current and
projected satellite networks for military usage.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The course is designed for military communications systems planners,
engineers, managers, operators, system analysts, and decision makers who
need a thorough understanding of military satellite communications
systems design. A general background in communications is recommended.
COURSE OUTLINE: Military Satellite Communications
Overview of Satellite Communications
Basic Principles of Satellite Communications. Orbits. Frequencies.
Model of Satellite Communications Systems. Systems Elements (terminals,
spacecraft, channel)and their interrelation. EIRP, G/T. Link Equations.
The Communications System
Relationship of C/N or Eb/No to Maximum Data Rate or Voice Quality for
Various Modulation Schemes
Digital Modulation: e.g. BPSK, QPSK, MFSK Performance in Additive
White Gaussian Noise Channels and Rayleigh Fading Channels
Error Control: Coding and Encoding Techniques, FEC Techniques,
Viterbi Decoding, Interleaving
Multiple Access: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA
Spacecraft and Payload Design
Launch Vehicle Considerations
General Earth Station Description, Antennas, Feeds, Waveguides,
Mounts and Pointing Schemes, Up and Down Converters, High Power
Amplifiers (HPA), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA), Radomes, Examples of
Existing and Planned Military UHF, SHF, EHF, and Commercial Terminals.
Performance in a Jamming Environment
The Jamming Threat: Power vs. Frequency, Technology Projections
Jamming Strategies: Wideband Noise, Partial Band, Tone Jamming,
Model of Channel with Jamming
Anti-Jam Techniques (i) Spread Spectrum Techniques; Pseudo-Noise,
Frequency Hopping; Performance, (ii) Antenna Nulling; Principles,
Capabilities, (iii) On-Board Processing
Performance in Nuclear Environment
Description of Nuclear Environment. Nuclear Effects on
Propagation; Absorption, Amplitude and Phase Scintillation; Rayleigh
Channel Model, Decorrelation Time and
Mitigation Techniques; Diversity, Coding, Interleaving.
Performance of Pseudo-Noise and Frequency-Hopping Schemes.
Current Military Satellite Systems
Current MILSATCOM Architecture
Defense Satellite Communication System; DSCS III
FLTSATCOM and UFO System
Future Military Satellite Systems
Future MILSATCOM Architecture
MILSTAR II System and Advanced EHF
Commercial Satellite Systems
Domestic and Regional Satellites
DOD Use of Commercial Satellite Systems
Future Commercial Systems: IRIDIUM, GLOBALSTAR
Operation Just Cause
Dr. Harry L. Van Trees
Course Coordinator and Lecturer
Dr. Harry L. Van Trees is Distinguished Professor of Information
Technology, Electrical, and Systems Engineering and Director of Center
of Excellence in C3I at George Mason University. He was previously
President of M/A-COM Government Systems. Prior to that he served as
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I) and Acting
Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I). Previous experience includes
Chief Scientist, U.S. Air Force; Assistant Vice President, Advanced
Systems, Communications Satellite Corporation; Associate Director and
Chief Scientist, Defense Communications Agency and Professor of
Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is
the author of the classic three volume set, "Detection, Estimation, and
Modulation Theory" and editor of the IEEE Press book on "Satellite
Dr. Stephen D. Huffman is Chief Engineer with the MITRE Corporation,
Information Systems and Technology Division.
Dr. Heywood Paul has more than 25 years of experience in communications
systems design and analysis. He is Chief Scientist of SAIC Information
Technology Group supporting DISA’s Center for Systems Engineering on
design and development of DSCS and future SHF MILSATCOM.
Mr. Mitchell Leachman is leader of the Military Satellite Communications
Systems Team at ANSER. He has been performing SATCOM system analyses,
especially with the Milstar system, since 1991.
Mr. James A. Mazzei is a Consultant, Booz, Allen & Hamilton in the areas
of satellite communications, terminals and commercial satellites. He
has over 30 years experience with military earth stations, satellite
operations, programs, and test evaluation.
Mr. Michael Witteried is a Senior Engineer with Marshall Associates. He
has over 20 years experience in the satellite area.
Officers and senior civilians from the various government organizations
will also participate.
To register: www.afcea.org and scroll down and click on courses, then
Course Registration. Download the Clearance form and have it completed
by your security officer and appropriate supervisor and fax to
Or call the AFCEA Professional Development Center at 703/631-6135 or