Full course description
Satellite Command and Control: Introduction to Satellite Operations:
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with foundational knowledge in the area of Space and Ground Operations. The focus is on the Satellite and Ground Operations required to operate and maintain one or more spacecraft following launch, early orbit, and on-orbit activities. The course presents participants with critical information in the areas of: Space program characteristics, ground operations architecture, common operator activities, and traits found in a successful satellite or ground controller. The goal of this course is to provide foundational knowledge to benefit you as you start a career in the exciting and rewarding field of satellite operations!
Course Learning Objectives:
- Identify the primary Control Center types in space operations
- Identify the timeframe, responsibilities, roles, and interactions of each
- Recognize a mission’s purpose by the type of data collected
- List the advantages and disadvantages for various launch vehicle configurations
- Identify payload characteristics as derived from the mission’s purpose
- Identify the altitude range of each Orbit type
- Discuss orbit types with respect to Earth’s atmosphere
- Discuss traditional vs more recent satellite trends
- List the major components of a satellite bus and payload
- Argue the advantage of constellations over single satellites
- Explain the consequences of having unidentified debris in orbit
- Identify specific payloads that might be carried for an organization
- Discuss how organizations benefit from partnerships
- Identify the Segments of a typical space mission architecture
- Match space mission Segments with their typical responsibilities
- Describe how operations fits into the overall space mission architecture
- List reasons why operations is critical to mission success
- Describe the activities required to support satellite operations
- Discuss primary data sources impacting a satellite’s health and navigation
- Sequence a typical satellite contact with a ground antenna
- Identify typical operations and engineering positions and match them with their operational activities
- Describe the prerequisite skills necessary to be a successful satellite or ground controller
What you'll do:
The course presents participants with critical information in the areas of: Space program characteristics, ground operations architecture, common operator activities, and traits found in a successful satellite or ground controller.
The course is broken down into three modules, which consist of reading, videos, reflective journal activities, and knowledge checks.
Who this course is designed for:People who wish to expand their knowledge, enhance their resume, and embark upon a path to gain entry and work in the mushrooming field of satellite operations.
What you'll receive:
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
$499 is an introductory price and expires November 5, 2019. After November 5, 2019, the course price will increase to $599.
Meet the instructors
Robert Bassham, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer (CGO) of Qwaltec, Inc.
Robert Bassham is a co-founder and Chief Growth Officer (CGO) of Qwaltec, Inc. He began his career as a Space Shuttle flight crew instructor in the Mission Operations Directorate at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and now has over 35 years of experience in space systems operations, engineering, mission readiness and program management. Mr. Bassham has worked space operations concepts, mission readiness, and transition planning for DoD, NASA, National programs, and commercial endeavors including multi-satellite constellations. Mr. Bassham graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Houston with an M.S degree in Finance. Mr. Bassham has led operations assessments, mission readiness assessments and training needs assessments for a variety of commercial and government programs.
Pat Jameson, Director of NASA programs at Qwaltec, Inc.
Pat Jameson is Qwaltec’s Director of NASA programs, and also oversees multiple operations support and training development contracts for customers such as OneWeb, ASU, Stratolaunch, General Dynamics, and SeaTec. Mr. Jameson joined the Qwaltec team in 2006 as a Senior Systems Engineer. He quickly proved to be an indispensable contributor, performing mission readiness simulations and rehearsals, managing training development programs, and conducting operations and training assessments for DoD, civil, and commercial satellite programs. Prior to Qwaltec, Pat managed programs related to training, integration and test, and research and development for Lockheed Martin and Scitor Corporation. He entered the private sector after more than 10 years of active duty with the United States Air Force. Through assignments at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (AFS), CO; Onizuka AFS, CA; and Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), CA he gained operational experience in space surveillance, satellite command and control, and satellite launches. Pat is a 1986 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
Kaylee Poetsch, Engineer at Qwaltec, Inc.
Kaylee Poetsch is an Engineer at Qwaltec, Inc. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. degree in Astrophysics, where she did research as a NASA Space Grant fellow. Kaylee joined Qwaltec, Inc. in 2017, and has supported training development and project management for contracts including OneWeb, Arizona State University, and American Airlines.
John Wietfeldt, Instructional Design Engineer at Qwaltec, Inc.
John Wietfeldt is an Instructional Design Engineer at Qwaltec, Inc. John earned a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design from UMass Boston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the Arizona National Guard, serving 17 years in Tactical Satellite communications. His professional experience includes training program development and instruction for the electronic security, semiconductor and aerospace industries. John joined the Qwaltec team in 2018.