7 Hours (1 Day) €500

This course delves into the intricate structure of satellite systems. Throughout the course, participants gain insights into the complexities of satellite system architecture, its design principles, implementation strategies, and its evolving landscape in the realm of space technology.

I. Introduction to Satellite System Architecture: Understanding the architecture’s definition, scope, and significance in satellite operations. It outlines the components of satellite systems and their key functions and design considerations.

II. Space Segment Architecture: This module explores satellite orbits and constellations, payload configurations, and subsystems, along with power and propulsion systems.

III. Ground Segment Architecture: Examines ground station infrastructure, satellite control centers, and data handling and processing mechanisms.

IV. User Segment and Interconnection: Focuses on user terminals, applications, interconnection with terrestrial networks, and security and authentication mechanisms of space technology.

V. Case Studies and Best Practices: Analyzes existing satellite systems, lessons learned, best practices, and future trends and innovations, including emerging technologies and opportunities for advancement.

This course provides a holistic understanding of advanced satellite system architecture, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and optimize satellite systems for diverse applications in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.


This course is offered six times per year. Please see Registration page for specific dates. Course fee is €500  and includes all course materials, tours and parking, plus tea, coffee and lunch. Upon completion of the course, students will receive certification of 7 Continuing Professional Development hours.

Location and Learning

Courses are based on site at the National Space Centre in Elfordstown, Cork. The NSC is home to the 32-meter Big Dish, an iconic piece of Irish telecommunications history and the origin of satellite communications development in Europe. Today the site is home to myriad groundstations for satellite applications and space communications, providing students with an exciting and richly relevant environment for learning.

CPD learning is led by engineer Bruce Hannah, National Space Centre’s Chief Technical Officer. Lecturers from industry will share expertise on space communications and satellite applications. Guest speakers will share their experiences in how course knowledge is applied on a practical and commercial basis across a wide variety of industries.