On May 9th, 2022, the inaugural class of the Satellite Communication Course, allocated to the MCC (Mission and Satellites Center) in Funda’s Service and Payload Control Channel, was completed. Senior experts from the National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN) delivered the Satellite Communication Course, which was titled “Radio Frequency Fundamentals, VSAT Antennas Installation, and Maintenance Procedures”.
This course is designed to provide firms in the telecommunications industry with a thorough understanding of the basics and techniques utilized in satellite communication, as well as an understanding of the impact of the balance of power in a satellite connection and the impact of the methods employed in satellite transponders and earth stations on the optimal use of the space segment (Power vs Bandwidth). The training took held over five days, from May 3 to 9, 2022. The 25-hour course was split into a theoretical component taught at ISPTEC and a practical component taught at MCC’s laboratory.
Moreover, the course covered all theoretical concepts of satellite communication, from orbits to antennas, the basics of equipment configuration, Radiofrequency (RF), the location & resolution of faults employing a spectrum analyzer, as well as aspects of bandwidth conservation in the commercialization of the space segment.
The program is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the GGPEN, ISPTEC, and INFRASAT to promote space science and technology training and spread space culture at local Angolan institutions.
The companies that took part in the course were able to expand their industry expertise and thought it was a unique and enriching experience. Engineer Kiwa Matundu of TECNOSERVE, for example, was pleased with the program after finishing it, stating that it would help him better handle his daily obstacles. “I obtained enough experience in dealing with day-to-day issues like interference, carrier balancing against noise, and experimenting with additional antenna and VSAT network factors like modulation, coding, and so on,” he stated.
Engineer Jlio Pereira of INFRASAT was similarly pleased with the professors’ extensive understanding of the subject. He claims that the program gave him a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge. He did, however, mention three things in particular that he found really impressive: RF chain, frequency calculations, and practical tests.
Finally, the Satellite Communication course is still offered at the ITEL Technological Training Center (CFITEL) on weekdays and Saturdays. The Angolan Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies, and Social Communication also support the training program as part of the Ministry’s commitment to the National Space Education Program.