The new Space Business Qualified (SBQ) program offers a series of online courses, taught through a mix of self-paced, interactive tutorials, videos, illustrations, and testing to validate understanding and reinforce learning. Fundamentals courses lead to more specialized courses in satellite communications, earth observation, spacecraft and launch.
Check Out the Third Course: Space Communications Fundamentals
Every spacecraft relies on communications with the ground and/or other spacecraft, and for communications satellites, communications is the entire reason the spacecraft exists!
To engage in the business of space, you need to have a general understanding of how communications links work, and their practical and theoretical limits. We will not go into any mathematics or technical detail, but you will get an overview of:
Why modern wireless communications are such amazing technology
The common ingredients of every digital communications link
The critical role of antennas
The eternal battle of signal vs noise
What is a link budget, why is it important
The effects of rain on earth-space links
If you want to know more about the SBQ Fundamentals Courses, check out the free introductory course to see if the program is a good fit for you. You can also use the free course to make a case to your employer for tuition reimbursement on the other Fundamentals Courses!