The Opening Ceremony of MASTA-2011 on Satellite Communications (SATCOM) was held on 21 September 2011 at BUAA of China. There were 14 students from seven Member States and Signatory State, namely Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru and Thailand, and one interested country Laos.
For the implementation of the MASTA-2011 Program, the Cooperation Agreement was signed between APSCO Secretariat and BUAA on 13 January 2011 at the APSCO Headquarters in Beijing, China.
During the nine-month MASTA-2011 Program on SATCOM at BUAA, students should complete the following courses:
(i) Platform Curriculum (2 Months)
a. Mathematics for Space Science and Engineering: including Probability and Statistics, Theory of Matrix, and Fractals and Wavelets;
b. Computer: including Computer Laboratory- Matlab Program, Computer Laboratory-C and C++Program;
c. Space Views: including Introduction to Satellite System Platform, Overview of Space and Earth Environment and Advanced Space Technologies and Overview of the Issues Related to Space;
d. Chinese Culture: including Introduction to China and Chinese Language.
(ii) Specialty Curriculum (4 Months)
a. Fundamental Specialty Curriculum: including Communications systems, Satellite communications systems, Earth station technology, Tracking, Telemetry & Command, Transmission, multiplexing and multiple access, Broadcasting using communications satellites, Applications and trends in satellite communications, Operational communications satellite systems, Network planning/management/ operational issues of satellite communications systems;
b. Advanced Specialty Curriculum: including Software Applications of STK, The Opening Experiment of SATCOM, Case Study of SATCOM Applications, Operation and Management of Satellite Communications;
(iii) Pilot Project (3 months)
a. Team Project: including Project organized by BUAA, and Project organized by other institutes;
b. Personal Pilot Project: including Pilot Project ¢Ù Project planning; ¢Ú Pre-field interpretation and analysis;¢Û Data collection; ¢Ü Data analysis; and Advanced Research Project Proposal/Master¡¯s Degree Thesis Proposal.
The MASTA-2011 Program on SATCOM is undergoing, and expected to be completed their course study by 2012. Afterwards, the students will continue their thesis study either at BUAA or in their home countries depending on the thesis topics and features. After the students have finished their theses in practice by 2012, they will get their Master Degrees after the Thesis Defense.