7 Hours (1 Day) €500

Embark on an immersive journey into the realm of advanced satellite communication systems with this comprehensive course. Participants will explore the intricacies of satellite communication, covering signal propagation fundamentals, network design and management, and real-world case studies.

I. Fundamentals of Radio Signal Propagation and Satellite Network Design: This module covers the basics of satellite communication, including the properties of radio waves, satellite orbits, and network topologies.

II. Radio Signal Propagation from Earth to Space:
Participants study signal transmission from Earth-based stations to satellites, focusing on link budget analysis and ground station operations.

III. Radio Signal Propagation from Space to Earth: This module explores signal reception from satellites to Earth-based stations, covering downlink signal characteristics and receiving station components.

IV. Mastering Satellite Network Design and Management: Participants gain expertise in satellite network design, fleet planning, ground segment management, network protocols, and security measures.

V. Security and Resilience in Satellite Networks: This module addresses threats to satellite networks and strategies for security, resilience, and disaster recovery.


This course is offered six times per year. Please see Registration page for 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 Cheif Tecnical 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.