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SATCOM in the Mobile Environment - Technical Seminar

Wednesday March 27, 2013


lunchlearn soldierBrown Bag "Lunch & Learn" Technical Seminar

Satellite Communications in the Mobile Environment:
Making the Complex Simple

Attend Onsite, or access via VTC/WebEx.  Approved for 1 CEU for A+ or Network+.
Seminar is gratis, but you must register online to attend. See below for overview, what to bring, CEUs, attire, etc.

This year the DC Young AFCEANS are introducing an all-new program designed to help keep government, military, and industry members up-to-date on new technologies. Participants will earn continuing education credits (CEUs) to support CE requirements for sustaining DoD 8570.01-M certifications (A+ and Network+).

Since education is a lifelong pursuit, attendees should be any interested individuals still wanting to learn and to be able to use this knowledge to foster their careers and contribute to their respective organizations. Recommended for a broad audience, especially those with engineering or technology background, or an appreciation of mobile satellite communications engineering and practice. Membership in AFCEA is not required. You do not have to be a Young AFCEAN (40 and under) to attend the seminar.



Discussion Moderator:

Hector Palacios, Product Solutions Technician, Astrium Services Government, Inc.
Mr. Palacios has been working with Vizada (now Astrium Services Government, Inc.) for 15 years providing Level 2 technical support and technical training for Astrium’s Customer Care Department, Sales and end users. Mr. Palacios has trained users being deployed in the Navy, Army and Marines.

Session Overview:

An introduction to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit) satellites being used for MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) by providers such as Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium.

The focus of the course will be on Inmarsat’s BGAN’s (Broadband Global Area Network) service being utilized by the military out in the field, as well as FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband. Secure communications via Lease Lines, ISDN, VPN, MPLS connections with secure devices such as STEs, and KG-84/250, BGAN option to NAT/Modem mode for the IP addresses assigned by network. Discussions on the Inmarsat’s network infrastructure and scenarios on how these services are making our troops’ job a little easier.  The speaker will address what information security is in place and what can be added.

Session Outline: 

  • Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium satellites. - Life span and location of these satellites, the different coverage and networks. What are the advantages of LEO or GEO satellites for MSS. What Frequencies are used between networks.
  • Inmarsat’s network infrastructure. - What happens when you place a voice call? We will discuss the entire routing of voice calls and internet traffic, from the time you press “call/send” to the point when it connects to its destination. What Information Security is in place and what can be added? Last mile connectivity to the end user’s facility and the combination of Public/Private Static/Dynamic IP addressing.
  • BGAN Services and manufacture. - What is the difference between Streaming and Standard connection? When to use one vs the other. What are the different types of units and who manufacture them. What delays are expected when setting up a video conference or on a voice call.
  • FleetBroadband Services. -  How does the antenna keep tracking of the satellite when a vessel is moving? How can we have a network setting onboard the ship? What are the different types and manufactures of FleetBroand units.
  • SwiftBroadband Services. - What aircraft are currently using SwiftBroadband? What capabilities are now available when flying overseas? What are the different types of units and who manufacture them




Wednesday, March 27, 2013
11:45am-1:00pm  -  Introductions & Training Session
1:00pm-1:30pm  -  Open Q&A
There are two options available for participating in this Lunch & Learn program. Please indicate how you would like to participate when you register for the training: 

  • Option 1: Onsite training
    at Astrium Services Government, Inc.
    (formerly Vizada, now an EADS North America company)
    2600 Tower Oaks Blvd.,
    7th FloorRockville, MD 20852

  • Option 2Video teleconference (VTC)
    via WebEx from a remote location

No Charge to participants, however online registration is required.
Please select the appropriate registration level, and let us know whether you will participate in the Onsite Training, or join us through remote WebEx Access.


Onsite participants are encourage to bring your lunch, and any note taking materials (hence the "Lunch" & "Learn")

Continuing Education Unit Credits
This session has been approved for 1 CEU for A+ or Network+.  The Chapter will submit names of attendees to the AFCEA Educational Foundation for processing, and attendees will receive documentation for the CEU credit by email (normally within four weeks after the event).


  • Civilians: Business Attire

  • Military: Uniform of the Day


  • You must register online to participate
  • Mil-Gov Employees & those 40 and under encouraged to register
  • All are welcome to come & learn, regardless of age or employer
  • It is not necessary to be a member of AFCEA to attend the training seminar...
    But once you come to an event, we think you will want to be!
What Young AFCEANs
When Mar. 27 (Wed) 2013
from 11:45 am to 01:30 pm
Where Onsite at Astrium Gov, Rockville, MD or by VTC
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