About this Course
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.

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Beginner Level


Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
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Subtitles: English, French

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level


Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
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Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


3 hours to complete

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 ?...
27 videos (Total 94 min), 4 readings, 8 quizzes
Video27 videos
Learning in six weeks (or more, or less)3m
The conquest4m
The challenges2m
Going further: the Van Allen belt2m
The first steps3m
Communications capacity2m
Communications satellites today3m
Going further: communications capacity (the return)4m
Introduction & strengths of satellites3m
A variety of services10m
Going further: positioning in networks2m
Introduction & navigation5m
Going further: space exploration4m
Introduction & the market players6m
Economic elements8m
Nathalie Font - marketing2m
Remi Lapeyre - spacecraft operations2m
Common thread: Internet by satellite4m
Reading4 readings
Let's start!10m
The course contents in the blink of an eye10m
Getting the most from diverse contents10m
Practicing with the LabVIEW(tm) educational programs10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Warm up quiz6m
Practice quiz, PQ1-14m
Practice quiz, PQ1-24m
Practice quiz, PQ1-34m
Practice quiz, PQ1-46m
Practice quiz, PQ1-54m
Practice quiz, PQ1-66m
Weekly quiz, WQ120m


3 hours to complete

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...
21 videos (Total 92 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video21 videos
A matter of links5m
System engineering5m
Laws of a space communication system6m
Going further: managing multiple access by terminals5m
Various types of orbit3m
Relationship between orbit and service9m
Going further: Kepler lays down the law4m
The platform and its subsystems8m
Payload: antennas5m
Payload: repeater4m
Going further: repeater for mesh architecture2m
Patricia Iñigo Martinez - system engineering2m
Nicolas Jacquey - payload engineering1m
Common thread: Internet by satellite5m
Reading2 readings
LabVIEW educational program: orbits10m
LabVIEW educational program: satellite position10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Practice quiz, PQ2-16m
Practice quiz, PQ2-26m
Practice quiz, PQ2-36m
Practice quiz, PQ2-46m
Practice quiz, PQ2-56m
Practice quiz, PQ2-66m
Weekly quiz, WQ220m


2 hours to complete

Digital communications

This module discusses the basics of information transmission...
18 videos (Total 56 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
Video18 videos
Bit rate1m
Bit error rate1m
Bit rate / symbol rate2m
Concept of frequency1m
Bandwidth occupied by the signal3m
Bandwidth / rate relation3m
Carrier transmission2m
Free space propagation6m
Limited bandwidth3m
Mohamed Benseddik - regulatory affairs3m
Common thread: Internet by satellite6m
Reading4 readings
Going further: signal digitization10m
Going further: signal shaping10m
LabVIEW educational program: simple signals10m
LabVIEW educational program: baseband modulation10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Practice quiz, PQ3-14m
Practice quiz, PQ3-24m
Practice quiz, PQ3-34m
Weekly quiz, WQ320m


3 hours to complete

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....
17 videos (Total 85 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video17 videos
BPSK modulation6m
QPSK modulation8m
QAM modulation9m
PSK modulation5m
Bit error rate (BER)6m
Repetition Codes9m
Binary block codes4m
The coding gain2m
The impact of the code efficiency on the BER3m
Bouchra Benammar - research and development2m
Mathieu Dervin - research and development2m
Common thread: Internet by satellite8m
Reading4 readings
Going further : I/Q demodulator10m
Going further : APSK modulations10m
LabVIEW educational program: DVB-S2 carrier modulation10m
LabVIEW educational program: signal amplification10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Practice quiz, PQ4-16m
Practice quiz, PQ4-210m
Practice quizz, PQ4-34m
Practice quiz, PQ4-48m
Practice quiz, PQ4-54m
Weekly quiz, WQ420m


3 hours to complete

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...
23 videos (Total 116 min), 2 readings, 8 quizzes
Video23 videos
Light terminals5m
Portable, transportable and fixed terminals7m
Mobile terminals4m
Going further: functioning of an antenna with automatic pointing7m
RF elements11m
Frequency conversion and modems6m
Interconnection with Earth1m
Other aspects4m
Going further: monitoring the health of the satellite4m
Analog link budget7m
The noise component4m
The end-to-end budget4m
Digital link budget5m
Conclusion & Going further: other factors in the link budget5m
Cynthia Fontana - satellite transmissions2m
Hervé Gaudefroy - products and services development3m
Internet by satellite8m
Reading2 readings
Going further: everything you wanted to know about antennas ...10m
LabVIEW educational program: single link budget10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Practice quiz, PQ5-14m
Practice quiz, PQ5-24m
Practice quiz, PQ5-38m
Practice quiz, PQ5-44m
Practice quiz, PQ5-56m
Practice quiz, PQ5-68m
Practice quiz, PQ5-76m
Weekly quiz, WQ520m


3 hours to complete

Networking and services

This module explains how services such as voice, television and Internet access are provided by means of communications satellites....
20 videos (Total 133 min), 9 quizzes
Video20 videos
Before the Internet4m
Internet and the notion of network3m
Interconnection and interoperability: a real issue5m
The notion of protocol6m
Going further: Internet Protocol and the hourglass4m
From analog to digital6m
Independent systems5m
Globalstar vs Iridium7m
Interconnection with mobile telephony networks5m
Voice over IP6m
Going further: Impact of a satellite link on QoS10m
What are we talking about?8m
Need for a return link8m
IP over satellite: the challenges8m
Sandrine Lafont - ground segments and services3m
Alain Frizon - satellite programme5m
Common thread: Internet by satellite16m
Quiz9 practice exercises
Practice quiz, PQ6-16m
Practice quiz, PQ6-26m
Practice quiz, PQ6-36m
Practice quiz, PQ6-44m
Practice quiz, PQ6-56m
Practice quiz, PQ6-64m
Practice quiz, PQ6-74m
Practice quiz, PQ6-86m
Weekly quiz, WQ620m


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Top Reviews

By SDJun 3rd 2017

Ultimate course ... it will help you to clear your basic level concept in satcom. Thanks to faculty of Institute Mines-Telecom . I am looking forward this course in english language.

By NGMay 3rd 2017

It is an excellent course, very systematically presented. I am hard of hearing but thanks to the subtitles I managed to follow the course. Thank you for making this course available.



Tarik Benaddi

Assistant Professor

Julien Fasson

Associate Professor

Nathalie Thomas

Associate professor

About Institut Mines-Télécom

Institut Mines-Télécom is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering and digital technologies. Always attentive to the economic world, IMT combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations. It focuses on key transformations in Digital Technologies, Production, Energy and Ecology and trains the engineers, managers and PhDs who will be tomorrow’s players in these key changes of the 21st century. Its activities are conducted in Mines and Télécom graduate schools under the aegis of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communication, one subsidiary school and three strategic partners. The IMT’s schools rank among the leading graduate schools in France....

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