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Electromagnetism, propagation, antennae, stealthness - 2019

Space antennas

For telecommunication, remote sensing radar & radio-navigation


This course presents a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of antenna systems used on satellites for telecommunication missions, observation (SAR radar) or radio navigation.


The course lasts 4 days (32 hours), alternating presentations and some practical exercises (one on PC, designing an antenna for an actual space mission).


The training course is focused on:

  • a wide state of the art of what exists over the world
  • presenting design rules (and their practical application

through exercises) as concrete tools for designers, also enabling any participant interested in space systems to master the feasibility constraints of antenna subsystems and anticipate their performance.


Course Level:

This course is profitable for engineers mastering the basics of radio systems.


Gérard CAILLE:

Retired in January 2015 from Thales / Space Division (Thales Alenia Space France), where he was ‘Active Antennas expert’, and responsible for Advanced Antennas Research;

In collaboration with engineers from CNES and main industrial players in satellite domain.

This course is organised in partnership with SEE (Société de l'Électricité, de l'Électronique et des Technologies de l'information et de la communication), French branch of IEEE and main association of technical experts in electrical engineering field.


  • Satellites classification
    • By missions: Telecommunications (fixed and mobile), Observation, Radio navigation...
    • By orbit type (GEO, scrolling, distant)
    • For band(s) frequency used for transmissions
  • The constraints of Space environment for antennas
    • Extreme temperature ranges
    • Huge vibrations at launch
    • Required absolute reliability
  • Reflector antennas for shaped beams from geostationary orbit
    • Design rules
    • Technology
    • Implementation examples, in Europe and elsewhere
  • Multi-beam reflector antennas
    • Multi-beam advantages and technical challenges
    • Solutions with 4, 2 or 1 antennas): design rules
    • Technological choices for high frequencies (L, S) or high ones (Ku, Ka…)
    • Implementation examples, in Europe and elsewhere
  • Passive planar antennas’
    • Design rules for array-antennas
    • Example: antennas for Galileo satellites
    • Other examples, in Europe and elsewhere
  • Active array antennas
    • For Space SAR radar
    • For telecom from Low Earth Orbit
    • For defense telecom from geostationary orbit
    • For civilian geostationary telecom with reconfigurable coverage
  • Antennas for telecommand & telemeasure
    • Quasi-omnidirectional antennas for transfer-orbits
    • ‘Global horns’ pour "TM/TC form geostationary orbit
    • Wide-angle scanning antennas for LEO orbits
  • "Hybrid antennas" [array + reflector(s)]
    • Magnifying subsystem with 2 cofocal reflectors
    • Single-reflector subsystems
  • Trends for the future
    • Flexible coverages at moderate cost for civilian telecom
    • Agile antennas for SAR radar, with medium or very fine resolution


Scheduled in French:

TOULOUSE: Cancelled - Upcoming date, please consult us.


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,010 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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