Marine Satellite Communications and TV Training

Marine VSAT and TVRO Training Course

Our 2-day 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 familiarization.  As such, we mainly feature antennas from Cobham / Seatel.

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.

Our scheduled courses will resume early October.  Subscribe to our news to receive the new dates.

Contact us for 1:1 courses and tailored group training session enquiries during this time.


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


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.

Jacob Dube

This was a great course with good, solid training material and exercises.  I have already informed other crew that they should attend this class.

James Cox

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.

Greg Partridge


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