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Introduction to Satellite Communications (Satcom) Course

Introduction to Satellite Communications (Satcom)

September 1 - 22, 2021 | Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Introduction to Satellite Communications (Satcom) - Live Web Course

When: September 1 - 22, 2021 | Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

Course Length: 12 hours total - delivered across 4 sessions of 3-hours each.

  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. 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! To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE.


Whether at home making an overseas call, receiving the latest digital weather report on your personal boat or aircraft, tracking a FedEx package delivery time, watching a live sports broadcast from across the globe, or in enemy territory receiving tactical EW data in support of a mission, Satcom plays a critical role in the daily events of our lives. This course will cover the core material required for participants to understand and discuss basic Satcom theory and operations. Specifically:

  • Historical Perspectives/Background
  • Satellite Types and Configurations
  • Orbits and Associated Communications Impacts
  • Launch Vehicles
  • Space, Ground, and User Segments
  • Satellite Links/Link Equation
  • Frequencies and Propagation Impacts
  • Survey of Recent Satcom Launches

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to be a high concepts/low-math introduction to Satcom. It is therefore ideal for anyone desiring a firm foundation in basic Satcom theory, as well as an excellent refresher for those that have been away from the topic.

Required Course Materials


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  1. Session 1
    1. Historical Perspectives/Background
    2. Satellite Types and Configurations
  2. Session 2
    1. Orbits and Associated Communications Impacts
    2. Launch Vehicles
  3. Session 3
    1. Space, Ground, and User Segments
    2. Satellite Links/Link Equation
  4. Session 4
    1. Frequencies and Propagation Impacts
    2. Survey of Recent Satcom Launches

AOC Members - $945

Non AOC Members - $995

  • NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your registration URL or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without refund of any kind.

Dr. Pat Ford has spent over four decades supporting EW, including systems engineering, research, development, ground/in-flight testing, training, and extensive tactical EW experience on surface, subsurface, and airborne platforms. He has presented EW and aerospace training courses around the globe, including both professional seminars and graduate level courses. He serves as an EW science adviser for the U.S. Navy, and is also a certificated Advanced Ground Instructor, private pilot, and commercial UAS remote pilot. Pat received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research culminated in the first ever use of a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) radar on a Group 3 or smaller UAS. He received his Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, with a focus on human factors related to long-duration spaceflight missions. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, he is one of the few individuals to graduate from both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program.

Dr. Pat Ford

With over 13,000 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.