Marine Satellite Communications and TV Training
Marine VSAT and TVRO Training Course
Our marine VSAT and satellite TV training is ideal for crew of all vessels and installations. We deliver an overview of common tasks and knowledge, together with common equipment familiarisation. As such, we feature equipment from both Cobham / Seatel and Intellian. On completion, our course certificate carries an Intellian VSAT Operator endorsement.
Marine Satellite Communications and VSAT Fundamentals
The class begins with basic principles of satellite communications at sea. This includes pointing angles, transmit/receive paths, balance, stabilisation and tracking.
Common VSAT and TVRO antenna familiarisation
We also deliver a familiarisation of operating all common VSAT and TVRO antennas. Most tasks will be carried out on SeaTel equipment, but our method will leave students confident they will be able to operate equipment from any manufacturer.
All theory is delivered around the antennas, with students participating in demonstrations on the common equipment whenever possible. The real-life equipment is around the students in the classroom at all times. We then get hands-on, operating the equipment in real scenarios. Finally, we move on to common troubleshooting tasks.
Unique Marine Satellite TV Training
Competent Satellite TV operators must know much more than the TVRO antenna itself. Therefore we dedicate a large portion of the course to “Sat TV” in-depth from start to finish. Learn ship distribution systems and resources needed to find TV channel information. Also operating the common satellite receivers and troubleshooting. This final day is very hands-on and thoroughly enjoyable. Finally, we send students off to find specific TV channels. Frequencies must be obtained, calculations made, antennas pointed and receivers configured.
Emerging LEO Technologies – Starlink, OneWeb, etc.
This is a satellite communications course and we cannot ignore the emergence of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) services such as Starlink and OneWeb. We will cover the theory and equipment, leaving students confident in this additional option that many vessels now choose to have in their connectivity suite.
Student Suitability for Training
This class is mainly intended for crew who want to become competent VSAT and Satellite TV operators. However, this class is also suitable for staff of shipyards, or shore-based companies. Anyone who is looking to get a foundation knowledge of the systems we cover. This a beginner level training course, for those with little or no previous experience. Where possible, students may be able to join for just the Sat TV day. As many crew will already be competent VSAT operators, but require a short course in satellite TV.
Learn marine satellite communications fundamentals
Learn the skills to improve communication system services onboard
Learn to operate and troubleshoot the common equipment
Covers both Seatel and Intellian equipment
Includes an official Intellian VSAT Operator endorsement
Course Syllabus Summary
Satellite communications: a brief history
Basic satellite communications theory
The 3-axis marine stabilised antenna system
overview of common marine VSAT antenna hardware
Targeting and tracking satellites
Pre-study theory recap and quiz
Additional Theory – Including Demonstrations
Common Modem operation: iDirect x7
Operating common antenna control units
Analysing signals with a spectrum analyser
Maintenance, admin and troubleshooting tasks
LBand communications solutions
LEO constellations and equipment
Starlink and OneWeb
Additional satellite systems theory
Operating common TVRO antenna equipment
TVRO LNB Types
Common resources for finding satellite TV information
Common TV signal distribution methods
Cabling and tools
Configuring common Satellite TV receivers
Analysing TV signals with a spectrum analyser
Satellite TV common tasks
Satellite TV troubleshooting exercises
Satcom Training Feedback
Recent feedback from the SATCOM@SEA training course
I received a massive amount of valuable information, which I now need to try and retain. The useful websites, presentation material and manufacturer documentation will help for future reference. I will highly recommend this training course to others.
This was a great course with good, solid training material and exercises. I have already informed other crew that they should attend this class.
Superyacht Electronics Academy have really helped me, being a rookie to the industry. Having no real previous experience of VSAT, I feel confident I could tackle problems that arise in future.