SatMaster Link Budget Tool

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SatMaster Link Budget Tool

1-Day Course

$750 per person

Summary

Link budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing satellite communications transmissions, considering radio-wave propagation, satellite performance, termLink budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing satellite communications transmissions, considering radio-wave propagation, satellite performance, terminal equipment, radio frequency interference (RFI), and other physical layer aspects of fixed and mobile satellite systems. This one-day SatMaster link budget tool course can be taken with Earth Station Design (during the preceding four days) or by itself. The course notes are provided. Bring a Windows OS laptop to class with SatMaster software. It can be purchased directly from www.satmaster.com. Software can be provided for use during the course only.

The course notes are provided. Bring a Windows OS laptop to class with SatMaster software. It can be purchased directly from www.satmaster.com. Software is provided for use during the course only.

  1. Standard ground rules for satellite link budgets
    • Review of link parameters and propagation characteristics at microwave frequencies
    • Transmission equation and its relationship to the link budget
  2. Introduction to the user interface of SatMaster
    • File formats: antenna pointing, database, digital link budget, and digital processing/regenerative repeater link budget
    • Built-in reference data and calculators
  3. Example of a digital one-way link budget (DVB-S2) using equations and SatMaster
  4. Transponder loading and optimum multi-carrier backoff; power equivalent bandwidth
  5. Link budget workshop example using SatMaster: Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC)
  6. Review of link budget optimization techniques using the program's built-in features
  7. Transponder loading and optimization for minimum cost and resources, maximum throughput and availability
  8. Computing the minimum transmit power; uplink power control (UPC)
  9. Interference sources (X-pol, adjacent satellite interference, adjacent channel interference)
  10. Example: digital VSAT, multi-carrier operation, forward and return links
  11. Use of batch location files to prepare link budgets for a large table of locations
  12. Case study from the class using the above elements and SatMaster

If this course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses and you are interested in attending this or another course as an open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or ati@aticourses.com. Please indicate the course name, number of students who wish to participate. and a preferred time frame. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a 3-5 month lead time. For on-site pricing, you can use the request an on-site quote form, call us at (410) 956-8805, or email us at ati@aticourses.com.

Instructor

Bruce ElbertBruce R. Elbert, MS (EE), MBA, Adjunct Professor (ret), College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Elbert is a recognized satellite communications expert and has been involved in the satellite and telecommunications industries for over 40 years. He founded Application Technology Strategy, LLC, to assist major private and public sector organizations that develop and operate cutting-edge networks using satellite and other wireless technologies During 25 years with Hughes Electronics, he directed the design of several major satellite projects, including Palapa A, Indonesia’s original satellite system; the Galaxy follow-on; and the development of the first GEO mobile satellite system capable of serving handheld user terminals. Mr. Elbert was also ground segment manager for the Hughes system, which included eight teleports and 3 VSAT hubs. He served in the US Army Signal Corps as a radio communications officer and instructor. By considering the technical, business, and operational aspects of satellite systems, Mr. Elbert has contributed to the operational and economic success of leading organizations in the field. He has written nine books on telecommunications and IT.


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