Satellite Link Budgets with SatMaster Software

EC ENGR 810.200
The course provides hands-on training on satellite link budget analysis using SatMaster software.
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Classroom
Starting at $2,950.00
As few as 2 days
1.2 CEUs

What you can learn.

  • Learn the format and content of the link budget as used by engineers and managers in their design and operation responsibilities
  • Understand the application and use of SatMaster 9 for a range of satellite communications applications
  • Master more advanced aspects, including configuring satellite links in an interference-limited environment due to co-channel interference (beam-to-beam), cross-polarization interference (XPI), and adjacent satellite interference (ASI)
  • Explore the relative benefits of advanced coding and modulation systems and optimization techniques, such as transponder linearization and carrier cancellation to minimize occupied bandwidth
  • Learn how to use SatMaster 9 to evaluate a network of many locations within a common point-to-multipoint network

About this course:

Link budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing satellite communications transmissions, considering radio-wave propagation, satellite performance, terminal equipment, radio frequency interference (RFI), modulation and forward error correction coding (MODCOD) and other physical layer aspects of fixed and mobile satellite systems. This hands-on 2-day training course conducted in the UCLA computer laboratory covers the format and content of the link budget as used by engineers and managers in their design and operation responsibilities. SatMaster is a highly-recognized yet low-cost PC-based software tool offered through the web by Arrowe Technical Services of the UK. It is appropriate for initial planning of satellite applications and as a standardized tool for presenting the results. This training course covers the application and use of SatMaster 9 for a range of satellite communications applications, including one- and two-way transmission of digital television; two-way interactive services using very small aperture terminals (VSATs); point-to-point transmission at a wide range of data rates; and interactive communications with mobile terminals. Services at UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka bands to fixed and mobile terminals are considered.

The course emphasizes the use of the latest (2014) version, SatMaster 9, revealing all of the improvements in computation and usability. Instruction begins with a brief review of the underlying theory of link budgets and moves quickly to the user interface, calculating and estimating features, and file formats of SatMaster. The course then concentrates on examples that demonstrate both the principles and use of the software. Some of the more advanced aspects covered include configuring satellite links in an interference-limited environment due to co-channel interference (beam-to-beam), cross-polarization interference (XPI) and adjacent satellite interference (ASI); the relative benefits of advanced coding and modulation systems (e.g., DVB-S2 and extensions including those from ETSI and NovelSat, Turbo Codes, and ACM and VCM); and optimization techniques like transponder linearization and carrier cancellation to minimize occupied bandwidth. Also learn how to use SatMaster 9 to evaluate a network of many locations within a common point-to-multipoint network.

The course concludes with several computer workshop examples to enhance participants’ confidence in using SatMaster 9 and to improve their understanding of how to select input values. Participants should gain confidence in their ability to prepare link budgets and their facility with SatMaster. Examples from the class are employed as time allows.

SatMaster 9, the version currently in use, is addressed in detail. Instruction begins with a brief review of the underlying theory of link budgets and moves quickly to the user interface, calculating and estimating features, and file formats of SatMaster. The course then concentrates on examples that demonstrate both the principles and use of the software. Some of the more advanced aspects covered include configuring satellite links in an interference-limited environment (e.g., ASI and XPI); the relative benefits of advanced coding and modulation systems (e.g., DVB-S2, Turbo Codes, and ACM); and optimization techniques, such as carrier-to-carrier, to increase transponder throughput and minimize occupied power and/or bandwidth. The capability of SatMaster to evaluate a network of many locations within a common point-to-multipoint network also is discussed.

The course concludes with several computer workshop examples to enhance participants’ confidence in using SatMaster and to improve their understanding of the link budgeting process. Participants should gain confidence in their ability to prepare link budgets and their facility with SatMaster. Examples from the class are employed as time allows.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Canceled
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Thursday, Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Instructor: Bruce Elbert
364021
Fee:
$2,950.00
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Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 28, 2018
Schedule
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Discussion
Thu Sep 27, 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210
Discussion
Fri Sep 28, 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 210

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