We provide professional training courses in space communication and related technical subjects.

  • Space Mission Operations Course (SMOC)

    Our annual Space Mission Operations training course is run together with Catena Space and Scisys UK, and provides delegates with a wide curriculum of theoretical and practical sessions providing a complete grounding in Space Mission Operations.

    The principal objective of the course is to provide participants with a solid theoretical basis for the main activities in space mission operations, supported by practical exercises where possible to consolidate the learning experience. 

    • functions of space operations systems (and requirements, constraints)
    • orbital mechanics and how it drives operational concept design
    • space missions communications network systems
    • satellite communications principles including analysis of the key parameters of system design
    • link budget calculations and trade-off issues with other aspects of mission design
    • mission planning and operations through the mission lifetime
    • operations approaches in ground and space segment
    • system architecture from a data flow point of view
    • conventional commercial satellite operations, and emerging low cost approaches
    • telemetry and telecommanding in typical mission operations centres.


    Our 2019 edition ran in July of 2019. The programme unfortunately had to be cancelled for 2020, but please check back here for future updates.