Satellite Communications | Advanced | UNSW Canberra


This five-day course (which incorporates our Satellite Communications | Overview and Satellite Communications | Intermediate short courses as the first three days) provides participants with a detailed understanding of, and practice in, the issues associated with the design and provision of modern satellite communications systems.

Familiarity with communications fundamentals is assumed as background knowledge for the course. Attendance at our Basic Communications Principles course is recommended for those who want to gain an understanding of the underlying communications principles before attending this course. Some basic mathematics and calculator skills are also required.

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Background

Dates & Registration

Duration: 5 days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive

  • A copy of the book Principles of Satellite Communications, Ryan M.J., Argos Press, Canberra, 2004.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Micro-credentials: Successful completion of this course will provide students with advanced standing in the postgraduate micro-credential 3UoC course ZEIT8242 Satellite Communication Knowledge. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.

Affiliated courses: Satellite Communications | Overview (1 day) & Satellite Communications | Intermediate (3 days)

*pending final results




Anyone requiring a solid understanding and practice of the basic principles underpinning modern satellite communications systems; project technical staff; systems engineers; engineers seeking technology refresh.




Day 1

Satellite Communications | Overview course (refer to program details)

Days 2–3

Satellite Communications | Intermediate course (refer to program details)

Day 4 – 5

Orbit and Look Angle Calculations

Propagation Calculations

Antenna Calculations

Link Budget and Back-off Calculations

Comparison of Example Systems



Mike Ryan


Associate Professor Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leadership (FIML). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is a co-chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 200 technical papers and reports.