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Institut Mines-Télécom

Introduction to Satellite Communications

Institut Mines-Télécom via Coursera


How is a satellite built? How do they fly? How do they communicate and how does the network operate? You will get all the answers in this course from teachers and researchers from three schools associated with Institut Mines-Télécom.

The course is made of : teaching videos, equipment demonstrations and simulation programs. They will guide you through the discovery of satellite communications. Professionals in the space field will share there vocation for this scientific and technical sector.

Have you ever wanted to know more about transponders, the geostationary orbit, QPSK modulation, channel coding, link budget, TCP over large bandwdith x delay product links ?

This course is for you! This course is available in English: French-speaking lecturers with English subtitles and fully translated contents (slides, practices).

This MOOC is supported by the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation.


  • Satellites at our service
    • This module provides an introduction to satellite communications. Why using satellites ? What sort of communication services ? How much does it cost ?
  • Satellite and communications
    • This module describes the overall architecture of a satellite communications system, discusses the concept of orbit and what are the typical sub-systems of a satellite
  • Digital communications
    • This module discusses the basics of information transmission
  • Communication techniques
    • This module covers advanced transmission concepts such as modulation and coding. These operations are the core of a communications system impacting the service performance.
  • Hardware and equipments
    • This module lists the equipments that take part to the communication chain on ground and how the overall communication performance can be assessed
  • Networking and services
    • This module explains how services such as voice, television and Internet access are provided by means of communications satellites.

Taught by

Julien Fasson, Nathalie Thomas, Marie-Laure Boucheret, Laurent Franck and Tarik Benaddi

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  • Anonymous

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    It is in french, i am unable to change it to english, its paid certified course, but has become useless to me. Please help to change the video language.
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