Satellite Command and Control: Introduction to Satellite Operations

Introduction to Satellite Operations

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with foundational knowledge in the area of Space and Ground Operations. The focus is on the Satellite and Ground Operations required to operate and maintain one or more spacecraft following launch, early orbit, and on-orbit activities. The course presents participants with critical information in the areas of: Space program characteristics, ground operations architecture, common operator activities, and traits found in a successful satellite or ground controller. The goal of this course is to provide foundational knowledge to benefit you as you start a career in the exciting and rewarding field of satellite operations!

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the primary Control Center types in space operations
  2. Identify the timeframe, responsibilities, roles, and interactions of each
  3. Recognize a mission’s purpose by the type of data collected
  4. List the advantages and disadvantages for various launch vehicle configurations
  5. Identify payload characteristics as derived from the mission’s purpose
  6. Identify the altitude range of each Orbit type
  7. Discuss orbit types with respect to Earth’s atmosphere
  8. Discuss traditional vs more recent satellite trends
  9. List the major components of a satellite bus and payload
  10. Argue the advantage of constellations over single satellites
  11. Explain the consequences of having unidentified debris in orbit
  12. Identify specific payloads that might be carried for an organization
  13. Discuss how organizations benefit from partnerships
  14. Identify the Segments of a typical space mission architecture
  15. Match space mission Segments with their typical responsibilities
  16. Describe how operations fits into the overall space mission architecture
  17. List reasons why operations is critical to mission success
  18. Describe the activities required to support satellite operations
  19. Discuss primary data sources impacting a satellite’s health and navigation
  20. Sequence a typical satellite contact with a ground antenna
  21. Identify typical operations and engineering positions and match them with their operational activities
  22. Describe the prerequisite skills necessary to be a successful satellite or ground controller

What you'll do

The course presents participants with critical information in the areas of: Space program characteristics, ground operations architecture, common operator activities, and traits found in a successful satellite or ground controller.

The course is broken down into three modules, which consist of reading, videos, reflective journal activities, and knowledge checks.

Who this course is designed for

People who wish to expand their knowledge, enhance their resume, and embark upon a path to gain entry and work in the mushrooming field of satellite operations.

What you'll receive

Students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

*Pricing information

$499 is an introductory price and expires November 5, 2019. After November 5, 2019, the course price will increase to $599.

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