Satellite services are widely used by the commercial sector and the military. Reliance on detecting minute signals in a fog of radio frequency “noise” interference, either unintended or deliberate, is a concern to maintaining assured and reliable communications links to all. This workshop describes the technology and tools used to mitigate interference through commercial sector initiatives and explore how interference is managed and reduced.Presenters from the IRG, SAT Corporation and Newtec will look at the challenges posed by this important issue, identify current and potential solutions, describe what is being done within the satellite community to ensure that robust satellite communications can be sustained as services rapidly expand.

• To gain a better understanding of the key causes of interference
• To gain a better understanding of the current global initiatives for satellite interference mitigation
• To understand how the external environment can impact operations and cause satellite interference
• To gain knowledge of the tools and technology available for mitigating satellite interference

Workshop programme

13:00 Registration & Coffee

13:30 Introduction to presentation team and workshop

13:35 Setting the Scene : Interference in context

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

  • Reliability of satellite systems compared to other delivery media
  • How the external environment affects the availability of satellite communications systems
    • Space debris (SDA)
    • Weather (space and terrestrial)
    • Interference (unintentional and intentional)
    • How big a problem is interference?
    •  The Statistics!

13:45 The Interference Problem

Martin Coleman

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

  • Key causes of interference
    • The congested electromagnetic environment
    • Poor installation/design
    • The proliferation of small mobile terminals
    • Deliberate jamming
    • Different ways interference affects satellite communications systems
      • Degradation
      • Denial

14:00 Geolocation

Robert Rideout

Robert Rideout, Director of Strategic Planning, Sat Corporation

  • Geolocation tutorial – how it works
  • Geolocation standards and procedures
  • On-Board Geolocation
  • 14:45 Coffee Break

    15:00 Carrier ID

  • How it works
  • Detection
  • Implementation
  • Martin Coleman

    Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

    Robert Rideout

    Robert Rideout, Director of Strategic Planning, Sat Corporation

    15:45 Coffee Break

    16:30 VSAT Networks the next big issue!

    17:00 Summary & Conclusions

  • Reflecting on the situation – panel / audience discussion

    Martin Coleman

    Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group

    Robert Rideout

    Robert Rideout, Director of Strategic Planning, Sat Corporation

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


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