Space EW
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9/4/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: 9/4/2019 to 9/20/2019
Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required
United States
Presenter: Dave Adamy
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

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Space EW

Course Length 24 hours total - delivered across 8 sessions of 3-hours each. Each session contains lecture and practical problems. 

  • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC), September 4th – September 20th, 2019
  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording!


Space is an Electronic Warfare domain, just like land, sea and air.  We significantly dependent on satellite assets and those assets are vulnerable to enemy kinetic or electronic attack. 

In ground, sea and air based EW, the closer we get to targets, the better we can intercept or jam them.  Satellite borne systems are by their nature far away—creating challenges that require careful consideration.  Satellites do not go where we want them to go in the short term; they go where they want to go.   However, we can predict where they will be at any given time using tools taught in this course.

In the eight sessions of the Course, we will cover the nature of EW in space and go on to work practical EW problems appropriate to the space environment.   After an introductory overview of Space EW, the course starts with tutorial sessions on Spherical trigonometry and orbit mechanics.  Then, tutorials on radio propagation and the principles of intercept and jamming  – both on the Earth and in space.  Then the course moves on to four sessions dealing with practical problems covering intercept and jamming of enemy communication and radar assets.  Each session will include lecture and hands-on problem solutions. Formulas and handy tables for future problem solutions are provided in each session. 

If you would like a preview of this course, click the link below to register for the webinar on
"Space EW 2.0 " that Dave Adamy will be presenting on June 20.



Agenda for topics covered in each 3-hour session:

  • Monday, September 2, 2019 - LABOR DAY (NO SESSION)

  • Session 1 – Wednesday September 4th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    Introduction to Space EW  
    – The nature of satellites, link definitions, satellite and link vulnerability, space EW missions and targets
  • Session 2 – Friday September 6th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Spherical Trigonometry and Orbits
    – The basic mathematical tools required to deal with relationships between the location of satellites and Earth surface targets.  It also covers the appropriate plane trigonometry equations .  Finally, It covers the description of orbits and gives equations and tables relating the orbit period to the size and shape of the orbit and the six ephemerides that completely define the location of a satellite relative to the Earth.
  • Session 3 – Monday September 9th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Radio Propagation
    – Radio propagation on Earth and in space.  Both are necessary for the development of formulas for intercepting and jamming Earth surface targets from satellites.  Also covered in this session are formulas for satellite to Earth station link margins in terms of orbital parameters.
  • Session 4 – Wednesday September 11th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Intercept and Jamming Principles 
    – Basic communication and jamming formulas for radar and communication intercept and jamming.  They are related to the space EW geometries. 

  • Session 5 – Friday September 13th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Communication Intercept from Space
    – The formulas for the quality of intercepts of various types of Earth surface communication signals from space.  The formulas in this chapter consider the location of targets on Earth and the orbital parameters of the intercepting satellite.  The session also includes formulas for the calculation of Doppler shift in signals to and from satellites. 

  • Session 6 – Monday September 16th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – ELINT from Space
    – The intercept of radar signals by satellite borne receivers.  A low orbit satellite problem and a synchronous satellite problem will be included.  Analysis will include the amount of time the satellite can receive signals and the quality of intercept.  In this session and the two following sessions, all of the appropriate spacecraft considerations will be included:  antenna parameters, antenna pointing errors, atmospheric and rain losses, viewing period frequency and duration, etc.

  • Session 7 – Wednesday September 18th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Communication Jamming from Space 
    – The jamming of various types of Earth surface communication.  Problems dealing with point to point and tactical network targets will be covered in problems. 

  • Session 8 – Friday September 20th, 2019 13:00 – 16:00 EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC);
    – Radar Jamming from Space 
    – Jamming of radars from low earth and synchronous satellites.   Both will be covered in problems and operational considerations will be considered. 

Who should attend:

This course is designed for individuals who know a little (or perhaps much} about Electronic warfare but don’t have any background in satellites, their applications or the background math.  It is also designed for those involved in space programs who have no Electronic warfare capability.  The third appropriate group are those responsible for managing space or EW efforts -- who need to become familiar with the definitions, terminology and basic concepts associated with the application of satellites to EW tasks. 


Course Cost:

AOC Members - $1600

Non AOC Members - $1650



Instructor:  Dave Adamy

Dave Adamy is an internationally recognized expert in electronic warfare who writes the popular monthly EW-101 column in the Journal of Electronic Defense magazine. He has over 50 years experience as a systems engineer and program technical director, developing EW systems from DC to Light, deployed on platforms from submarines to space, with specifications from quick reaction capability to high reliability. He has published over 250 professional articles on Electronic Warfare, receiver system design and closely related subjects, including the popular EW101 series in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He has presented dozens of EW courses for military, government and defense industry organizations in the US and allied countries. He holds an MSEE (Communication theory) and has written 16 books on Electronic Warfare and related subjects. Website:

With over 14,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.
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