NESAC conducted the inaugural “Basic Course in Satellite Communication (SATCOM) & Satellite Navigation (SATNAV): Technologies & Applications” during 07-18 December, 2020 in Online Mode. The two-week course was targeted towards Engineering students and working professionals of NE Region. The course was planned to provide basic understanding of the Satellite Communication & Navigation Technologies and apprising about the diverse applications of SATCOM & SATNAV with special emphasis on such applications for NE region.
Shri D K Das, Distinguished Scientist & Director, SAC, Ahmedabad graced the inaugural session on December 7, 2020 as the Chief Guest and Shri K Ratnakara, Director, Satellite Communication Program Office (SCPO), ISRO HQ, Bengaluru as the Guest of Honour.
40 participants from various backgrounds registered for the course. A total of 10 lectures were scheduled and a lecture was designed to be of one hour duration keeping in mind the normal duration of a conventional class.
Faculties were a mix from various ISRO Centers including Space Applications Center (SAC), Ahmedabad, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking & Command Network (ISTRAC), ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun, Developmental Education & Communication Unit (DECU), Ahmedabad as well as from NESAC.
The topics covered in the course are Introduction to Satellite Communication, Ground Segment & Payload structure, Channel Characteristics, Link Design, Modulation, Coding, Multiple Access, Applications of Satellite Communication in NER as well as Disaster Management, Introduction to Satellite Navigation, Satellite Navigation Technologies, Concepts of GNSS performance, Concepts about IRNSS & GAGAN, Applications of Satellite Navigation & Location Based Services etc.
The valedictory program cum concluding session was hosted on December 18, 2020. Shri Virender Kumar, Director, Developmental Education & Communication Unit(DECU), Ahmedabad graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He appreciated NESAC for the initiatives in NER and also encouraged to take up more such courses in future as well.
Shri Ramani Kumar Das and Shri Anjan Debnath from NESAC acted as the Course Coordinator and Course Officer respectively for the course.