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iSat training courses provide the unique combination of theoretical classroom training together with practical hands-on assembly of equipment. The essence of any satellite training is being aware of the cost of ownership of equipment and satellite bandwidth.

A Range of Courses


The courses range from a one-day basic introductory course through to a two-day advanced digital satellite communications course.


For those who wish to undertake an intensive training program, we also run a structured five-day course which covers most aspects of satellite communications.


Practical courses include a "hands on" session for testing and fault diagnosis.


If you do not see the course(s) that you require, please contact us and ask us about bespoke, custom-tailored courses that can be designed to your precise requirements.

Unique Training


With our newly refurbished training centre in Cody Technology Park now open, attendees have come as far afield as the Middle East, America and South East Asia. Our courses are well suited for engineers and communications managers alike.


The courses are written from a practical point of view and encompass over twenty years experience of designing and installing satellite ground stations.


The courses are run using modern multimedia presentations and each participant is provided with comprehensive course notes and a certificate upon completion.

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Course: An Introduction to Satellite Communications

Course Description


In our modern world, we take satellite communications for granted, often using the technology without even realizing it.


This is a two part introductory course in basic satellite communications.


The morning session is aimed at people with a basic electronics background and covers the basic principles, applications and limitations of satellite communications.


The afternoon session is aimed at communication technicians and provides an in depth continuation of topics introduced in the morning.



'I am glad to have met a lecturer who has taught me such valuable information which I have been looking for my whole career. The handout which I carried back home was another valuable item which I could not have left out as it is priceless to me.'


- Maldives participant

Course length: One day


Course size: Up to five participants


Ideal for: Sales support staff, Communications Managers, IT Managers and Internet providers


Objectives & Content


Satellite coverage

Satellites, earth stations and VSAT’s


Leasing capacity and licensing issues


Space segment

Network topology

Ground segment




Earth station signal level budget

Course: Digital Satellite Communications

Course Description


Virtually all satellite services are now digital, whether they be carrying telephony, video or internet traffic. Whilst the principle of transmission is the same for terrestrial or analogue traffic routes, the upgrade to digital satellite communications involves many inter-related technologies (Datacoms, RF, Microwave etc.)


The course is aimed at communication engineers and technicians, who wish to add digital satellite communications to their capabilities.


This is our most popular course, having been presented internationally on many occasions and now being run on an almost monthly basis at our UK headquarters.



'I work as an engineer at a earth station in Kazakhstan. We use OmniGlobe IDR modems

and switches. From the very beginning you training manual (Digital Satellite Communications) is my handbook.'


-Kazakhstan participant


Course length: Two days


Course size: Up to five

participants due to “hands on” nature of

the course.


Ideal for: Broadcast engineers &

technicians retraining from analogue to

digital expertise, Telecommunications or

data communications engineers &

technicians retraining for satellite

communications, Earth station engineers

& technicians


Objectives & Content


Understanding data communication interfaces, clocking and multiplexing.


Understanding Digital satellite modems (forward error correction, scrambling, modulation etc).


Understanding requirements of SHF conversion equipment (phase noise, stability, group delay etc).


Understanding basic differences between transmission modes (FDMA, TDMA, SCPC, MCPC.)


Understanding how technical parameters affect the overall system performance.

Course: The Satellite Link Budget

Course Description


A satellite link relies heavily on the parameters not only of the satellite, but also on the earth station’s technical specification and its geographical location.


Accurate calculation of the link budget is necessary if the earth station is not to be undersized or indeed oversized for a particular application. Contractual service agreements often include bit error rate and availability performance requirements over the period of a year, a system that works well in summer may fail to meet such requirements during heavy winter rains. Link budgeting must take into account such variations in parameters.


This course was first held in 1998 and has been updated to keep up to date.



'The participants were engaged in such a manner that healthy strain was exhibited by all throughout the course. The tutor has the ability to communicate and transfer his knowledge very effectively.'


-South African participant

Course length: One day


Course size: Up to five

participants in order to maintain strong interaction between tutor and student


Ideal for: Earth Station Mangers

and Satellite Circuit Engineers


Objectives & Content


Basic link

Bit Error Rate Ratio and Forward Error Correction

Modulation schemes

Calculation of the G/T of an antenna system

Calculating fade margins

Transponder Selection

Beam Advantage


Downlink Power

Uplink Pattern Advantage

Uplink Power at satellite

Uplink path losses

Uplink EIRP

Hardware losses

HPA requirements

Example link budgets

Use of Intelsat LST®

Use of Satmaster Pro®

Course: Space Segment Optimisation Techniques

Course Description


The space segment costs of a satellite link often outweigh the hardware cost of the earth station equipment.


Modern technology allows optimization of the link budget and can lead to significant reductions in lease capacity.


This one day course explains how a satellite link budget can be tailored to a specific application whilst maintaining link availability and avoiding pitfalls of increased latency.


Those considering undertaking this course may also be interested in our courses TM2001 (Digital Satellite Communications) and TM2004 (Satellite Link Budget)

Course length: One day


Course size: Up to five attendees


Ideal for: Satellite engineers involved in calculating link budgets and satellite communications technicians who are involved in commissioning and fault finding.


Objectives & Content


Comparison of FEC (Forward Error Correction techniques

Comparison of modulation techniques Calculation of lease bandwidth and PEB (Power Equivalent Bandwidth)

Description of Double Talk, Carrier in Carrier and Paired Carrier Multiple Access techniques * Description of ACM (Adaptive Coding Modulation

Calculation of power density Calculations of margins


Worked examples in the optimization of a link Commissioning and fault diagnosis of optimized link

Course: Earth Station Measurements

Course Description


Since deregulation of the telecommunications market, the number of “newcomers” to the satellite industry has meant a shortage of suitably trained technicians and engineers.


This course encompasses both a “classroom” and a “hands on” approach to providing the candidate with the necessary skills to commission and diagnose a modern digital satellite earth station.



'I have received very positive feedback from the guys who did the course. We will definitely be looking to arrange some more training from yourselves, either a repeat of this course or one of the others to compliment this course.'


-UK participant

Course length: One day


Course size: Up to five

participants due to “hands on” nature of the course


Ideal for: Earth Station Managers and Satellite Circuit Engineers


Objectives & Content


Designing for ease of maintenance

Antenna alignment

Antenna G/T & cross polarization measurement

System amplitude measurement

Group delay equalization

Phase noise measurement

Transmit carrier spectral mask

Spurious measurement

Transmit EIRP measurement

Transmit frequency measurement

Bit Error Rate measurement


Monitor and control

Clocking arrangements

Drop and Insert measurements

Jitter measurements

Fault finding

Course: VSAT Design, Installation, and Commissioning

Course Description


iSat have been instrumental in rolling out 10 to 100+ site VSAT networks on numerous occasions for multinational corporate. We concentrate on optimizing the use of the space segment to maximize return on investment, and avoid over (or under) specifying the equipment.


This course is based upon our experience, highlighting many of the unwritten "pit-falls" which are not in any technical manual.


Attendees will gain our 22 years of knowledge condensed into one day, and can look forward to constructing their first VSAT installation and commission with confidence.



To use the wordings of the course it's the most composite and powerful course I have participated in for years. ... Clear cut and no nonsense, captivating, powerful, fiercely memorable, and intensive learning.


-Danish participant

Course length: One day


Course size: Up to five

participants due to “hands on” nature of the course


Ideal for: VSAT installation

technicians and engineers, Earth station technicians,  communications Managers

IT Managers, Internet providers


Objectives & Content


System design

Network topology

Applications and technologies

Monitor and control

Antenna types

Site Survey

EMC and lightning protection

Power supplies

Installation procedure

Antenna alignment

Earth station signal level budget

Configuring, testing and commissioning