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Topic ClosedSurrey Satellite Communications Course - Event Date: 11/April/2011 - 15/April/2011

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Satellite Communications Course

11-15 April 2011

If you want to receive early information on this course please send an email to b.steel@surrey.ac.uk


Please note that we will continue to offer Early Bird special discounts for IET members provided a current membership numbers is given at the time of booking. We expect this to continue for 2010-2011.

The course will be held at the CEC centre, Senate House at the University and carparking will be on campus. The cost of parking is included in the course fee.

The University of Surrey is only a short walk from Guildford with access to fast trains to London Waterloo and Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Regular buses run from the University to town. Guildford is an Historical Surrey Market town with comprehensive shopping (late night shopping on Thursdays), cinemas, theatres, swimming, icerink etc. and has many restaurants.



Price per person, including lunch, refreshments, printed course notes and and also includes a copy of "Satellite Communications - 3rd Edition" by Professor Barry Evans (worth £90)

  • £1600 - Standard rate
  • £1525 - Early bird rate for payment received by 11 March 2011

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)

  • £1600 - Standard rate
  • £1475 - Early bird rate for payment received by 11 March 2011

This course is always well subscribed so early registration is advisable. If you wish to make a provisional registration please email the CE Manager on b.steel@surrey.ac.uk

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Discounts are also given for group bookings of 3 or more delegates on the course from the same company. Please phone +44 (0)1483 686040 for further information.

Course Overview

This extremely popular and intensive 5 day course provides delegates with an in-depth background of satellite communication techniques as well as a state of the art update on key emerging technologies and future systems. The course is ideal for engineers practising within the Satellite Communications field or for those in allied fields requiring an update in this area. A basic knowledge of Communications is assumed - if you have less than one years experience in Sat Comms. please consult as as to suitability before booking as we can advise on pre-reading material that will help you with the course! Professor Barry Evans book on "Satellite Communication Systems" - 3rd Edition will be included in addition to the course notes.

This course comes under the IET Endorsed Provider Scheme and discounts are offered to members of the IET for early registration.


  • Through a series of intensive lectures and hands-on projects the course aims to:
  • Provide an in-depth treatment of satellite communication systems operation and planning.
  • Provide in-depth understanding of modern satellite multiple access, modulation and coding schemes.
  • Review the state of the art in new research areas such as speech and video coding, satellite networking and satellite personal communications.
  • Delegates should leave the course with knowledge of:
  • Link budgets & planning
  • Modulation, coding & multiple access
  • Digital audio/video broadcasting
  • Satellite Personal Communication Systems
  • Satellite Networking
  • Plus a good all round idea of current and emerging systems and technologies for the future.

Because the course also covers the theoretical aspects of the subject delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the field. Consequently they will be better placed to apply their knowledge to the workplace.

The Lecturers

The course is being presented by lecturers from both the academic and industrial sectors:


Professor Barry Evans is Director of the Centre for Communication Systems Research. With research interests in a wide range of mobile & satellite communications including LEO/MEO/HEO studies, speech coding, modulation and on-board processing. Professor Evans has an established world wide reputation in his field. He is editor of the IEE book “Satellite Communications” as well as the International Journal of Satellite Communications.


Professor Zhili Sun is an expert in satellite and communication networking. He has been a principal investigator and technical co-ordinator in many European projects including the ESPRIT BISANTE project on evaluation of broadband traffic over satellite using simulation approach, VIP-TEN project on Quality of Service (QoS) of IP telephony over satellite, EU 5th and 6th Framework Programme GEOCAST project on IP Multicast over satellites, ICEBERGS project on IP based Multimedia Conference over Satellite, SatLife project on IP over DVB-S/RCS, SATSIX project on IPv6 over satellite, Euro-NGI project on next generation Internet. He has also been a principal investigator in UK EPSRC, European Space Agency (ESA) and industrial projects on IP multicast security. He has supervised many PhDs and research fellows. He published a book titled “satellite networking” by Wiley and over 120 papers in International journals, book chapters and conferences. He has also been a member of technical committee of international conferences and member of reviewers of major EU and UK research proposals. He has acted as external examiner for PhD viva in many universities in UK, Europe, Singapore and China. He also teaches MSc, undergraduate and industrial courses on satellite networking, computer and data networks, Internet traffic engineering and mobile operating systems.


Dr Paul Thompson is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Communications and Systems Research (CCSR) at the University of Surrey. He has an extensive background in satellite communications and spent 30 years with British Telecom where he led the Technology Development Division covering a wide range of international communications disciplines. Subsequent to his time at BT he has worked with ERA Technology, developing a range of radio-communications products and was subsequently the UK Director of Teledesic. He currently participates in the standards areas of DVB-RCS and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) SES/SDR (Satellite Digital Radio) Group. He is a member of the ISI Steering Committee and manages the SATNEX II programme at UniS.


Dr Guray Acar is a Lecturer and RCUK Academic Fellow in Satellite Communications. He completed his PhD studies in Broadband Satellite Networking and MSc studies in Communications and Signal Processing at Imperial College, London, in 2001 and 1997, respectively. He received his BSc degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 1996.

During the second half of his PhD studies, Dr Acar was employed as a visiting research scholar at Purdue University, USA. From 2001 to 2003, he was employed at University of Newcastle, where he lead the EU ACME programme. From 2003 to 2005, he was a lecturer at London South Bank University. Dr Acar is currently leading EU ANASTASIA and ESA BGAN Multicast Extension projects at CCSR. He is also involved in EU MOWGLY, EU SatNEx, EU E3, and ESA SmallGEO  programmes.

Dr Acar’s research interests cover radio resource management, MAC protocols, reliable multicast transport protocols, mobility management, and system- and packet-level simulation analysis in mobile and satellite networks.

Dr Lloyd Wood - CV to add


Lecturers from industry include:

Peter Barnett of ManderCom Limited has over 27 years of experience in the broadcast industry.  He has been responsible for earth station design, international frequency co-ordination, and in-orbit testing of broadcast satellites.  He led the commercial requirements gathering process for the new satellite modulation and coding standard, DVB-S2 which is featured in this course.  Peter also lectures on our very successful “Digital Terrestrial Television” short course.


John Watson: Paradigm has been working in satellite communications systems since the 1960s, initially for the Marconi Company in Great Baddow and then for Hawker Siddeley and its successor companies in Stevenage. This mainly involved the payload and radio design areas and interfacing with clients to understand how the system would support their communications needs from a technical and business point of view. John was payload manager on the Olympus programme and wrote the payload elements of most of the satellite bids to commercial and institutional customers until the 1990s. He is now a consultant engineer in Astrium Services and has been working mainly on military satellite systems for the past 15 years, taking the latest UK network from conceptual studies through development of the technology to operation.


Dr Ranjit Manku: Astrium. Ranjit Manku is the Head of Communications Engineering Department in the Payload Engineering Group of Telecommunications Satellites division of EADS Astrium Limited, UK.  In his previous roles he has been a Payload Engineering Manager on various bids, studies and commercial satellite programmes.  In addition to supporting RF systems design of conventional telecommunications satellites, he has also led Advanced Geo-Mobile payload studies for Early Entry and Hybrid Satellite Systems jointly funded by ESA and Satellite operators.  He has managed payload engineering teams involved in the development of future Geo-Mobile and conventional payload architectures utilising advanced on-board processing and generic flexible equipment developed at EADS Astrium.  He is a chartered engineer and a member of IET with over thirty years experience in Space, Defence and Communications industry. He has a degree in Physics and an MSc in Microwaves and Optical communications.   


Provisional Timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-10:30 Review of Satellite Systems: State of the art today Multiple Access

Payload Engineering

Satellite Mobile including Mobile Broadcasting Mobile Satellite Systems - Networking
  Professor B G Evans Dr Paul Thompson

Ranjit Manku


Dr Paul Thompson

Dr Lloyd Wood

11:00-12:30 System Planning and Link Budgets Part I Modulation and Modems in Sat Comms Advanced Air Interfaces
Digital Video Broadcasting Assignment Presentations and Future of Sat Comms

Professor B G Evans Dr P Thompson Dr Benga Awoseyila Mr Peter Barnett, ManderCom Ltd

Dr Paul Thompson and Profesoor Barry Evans

13:30-15:00 System Planning and Link Budgets Part II Basic Coding for Satellite Communications

DVB-RCS with Mobility Extensions

Introduction to Satellite Networking

Small Satellites Future

Professor B G Evans Dr Christos Kasparis Dr Guray Acar Professor Zhili Sun

Dr Stuart Eves


15:00-15:30 TEA TEA TEA TEA TEA
15:30-17:00 Service Provisioning and Quality for Digital Systems Part I Earth Station Engineering VSAT Networks Military Satellite Systems

Visit to Surrey Space Centre

  Professor B G Evans John Miller, Cable and Wireless tbc Dr Paul Thompson

Mr John Watson


Dr Stuart Eves


17:30-18:00 approx Service Provisioning and Quality for Digital Systems Part II Examples/Design Design    
    Team Projects Team Projects Team Projects  

Professor B G Evans Dr P Thompson/Prof BG Evans Dr P Thompson/Prof BG Evans Dr P Thompson/Prof BG Evans
        Complimentary Course Dinner 7:00 Rum Wong Thai restaurnt Guildford tbc  



A list of hotels in the Guildford area is available

Currently we cannot offer accommodation for this week on campus. This is a very busy week in Guildford generally so early booking of accommodation is highly advisable! Please contact the CE office for an up-to-date list of accommodation, proximity and prices.


To reserve a place on the above course please complete this Registration Form

Please note that this course books up early so please telephone for availability or preregistration.

Credit Card Payments.

We can accept payment by credit card. However, these take time to process and can hold up registration, particularly in the case of overseas attendees where a VISA application is required. Therefore, when faxing us credit card details please include the following:

  • Full name on credit card. This must be your own name or that of your company.
  • Type of card.
  • Start date (if stated on the card) and Expiry Date of card
  • Card number:
  • 3-digit security code (found on the back of the card).

We cannot process your card without these details. We regret that we cannot accept payment by Amex.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  2. In the event of cancellation and provided that written notice is received seven days prior to the event, a refund of 50% of the total fee will be made. If no notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  3. Substitutions, from the same company, may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  4. The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. 
  5. Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid Purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
    We cannot process your card without these details. We regret that we cannot accept payment by Amex.


Satellite Communications is also an element within the unique MSc awarded by the University of Surrey. Suitably registered candidates can obtain MSc credit through this course.

A sample exam paper for the 2002 short course is attached here in pdf format.

Courses currently participating in the Modular Masters Programme are listed below.

  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • IP Neworking Protocols and Technology
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Mobile Communications and Emerging Techniques
  • Nanotechnology
  • RF Circuit and System Design*
  • RFIC and MMIC
  • Satellite Communications
  • Spacecraft Systems Design

* It is possible to gain extra credits on these modules by taking examinations/assignments based on the full Module MSc syllabus.

 (1) Counts as one module.
Registration on the Modular Masters scheme is optional and currently free. In addition to the opportunity to build credits towards a recognised qualification, benefits will include the availability of tutorial support and the opportunity to increase understanding through integrated exercises.

Assessments are mainly by examination with some Assignment content.

All courses are stand alone modules and therefore can be attended on an individual basis.

Students will have up to 4 years to complete their studies.

Pre-registration for the MSc via short courses is currently free, however, a charge of £100 per module is made for the examinations.


CCSR is a post-graduate research centre within the School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology & Mathematics, running MSc courses in Satellite Communication Engineering, Satellites & Mobile Systems as well as research in:

Mobile Communication Systems Multimedia Systems Networks Digital Signal Processing

CCSR has 60 PhD students in the above area and research grants and contracts worth £5M. It is involved in the Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications and is a major player in EU Framework awards.

CCSR and CSER were recently awarded the 1996 Queens Anniversary Prize for outstanding work in Satellite Communications & Engineering Research and Teaching.

Further Information

For further information and general enquiries, contact the Continuing Education Office

Satcoms UK

The Satellite Communications Engineering Resources Website.
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