Introduction to MIL-STD-1553

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Introduction to MIL-STD-1553

Course Description

Gain a working knowledge of MIL-STD-1553, the communications standard used by Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA, and others for high-reliability communication applications. In this course, discover all you need to know to effectively use this communications standard in your applications. Understand the important physical and protocol requirements set forth by the standard. Learn how to correctly lay out the physical topology of a MIL-STD-1553 data bus. Discover the dos and don’ts as you use MIL-STD-1553 to move data between systems connected to the bus. Finally, understand and apply five rules that help ensure your MIL-STD-1553 data bus design operates efficiently.

Course Content


  • Definitions
  • Purpose
  • History
  • Applications


  • Transmission media
  • Connectors
  • Coupling
  • Manchester encoding
  • Signal characteristics
  • Bus topology


  • Word formats
  • Terminal types
  • Message formats
  • Mode codes


  • Bus initialization and synchronization
  • Time Division Multiplexing (TDM)
  • Bus management
  • Bus loading
  • Documentation


  • Bus management
  • Generic architectures
  • Example architectures
  • Best practices and case studies


  • Bus analysis/validation
  • Bus simulation
  • Flight data recorders
  • IRIG 106, Chapter 10

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electronic warfare and avionics systems engineers, hardware and software design engineers, managers, and employees with little or no MIL-STD-1553 experience. The course is also useful for those who have experience with MIL-STD-1553 but have never had any formal training on the standard.

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What You Will Learn

  • An overview of the MIL-STD-1553 standard
  • A summary of MIL-STD-1553 tools and applications
  • How to implement MIL-STD-1553 on a platform
  • An overview of MIL-STD-1553-capable systems
  • How to design a MIL-STD-1553 topology and installation

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the physical properties of the MIL-STD-1553 data bus.
  • Avoid common errors in designing and implementing a MIL-STD-1553 data bus.
  • Develop requirements for MIL-STD-1553 tools and applications.
  • Gain the ability to troubleshoot a MIL-STD-1553 installation.
  • Understand how the communications standard operates.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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