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Satellite Link Budget Training Using SatMaster Software

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Link budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing the radio frequency (RF) and other physical layer aspects of fixed and mobile satellite systems, and must be understood by many engineers and managers with design and operation responsibilities. In the past, link budgets were very personalized as to style and content; however, they remain the primary format for presenting results of such analyses. More recently, commercial software tools have appeared on the market to structure and automate the process of creating link budgets, although some are extremely costly and are only practical for corporate users. Other similar tools are provided for free, but must be employed to design links for a particular satellite system as directed by the operator. SatMaster is a highly-recognized yet low-cost PC-based software tool offered through the web by Arrowe Technical Services of the UK. This course provides hands-on training in the application and use of SatMaster 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 L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka bands to fixed and mobile terminals are considered. The course begins with a brief review of the underlying theory of link budgets and moves quickly to the user interface, estimating features, and file formats of SatMaster. The course then concentrates on examples that demonstrate both the principles and use of the software. SatMaster+, the latest version of the program, also is reviewed as it contains new features, such as batch analyses of multiple sites, ionospheric scintillation, and the use of interference densities as opposed to C/I estimates. 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. UCLA Extension has presented this highly successful short course since 2002. Units 1.2 CEU (12 hours of instruction) . Fee $2195, includes course materials.

UCLA Extension

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UCLA Extension

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Technical/Engineering

Who Should Attend?


Engineers and managers with design and operation responsibilities


Link budgets are the standard tool for designing and assessing the radio frequency (RF) and other physical layer aspects of fixed and mobile satellite systems, and must be understood by many engineers and managers with design and operation responsibilities. In the past, link budgets were very personalized as to style and content; however, they remain the primary format for presenting results of such analyses. More recently, commercial software tools have appeared on the market to structure and automate the process of creating link budgets, although some are extremely costly and are only practical for corporate users. Other similar tools are provided for free, but must be employed to design links for a particular satellite system as directed by the operator.

SatMaster is a highly-recognized yet low-cost PC-based software tool offered through the web by Arrowe Technical Services of the UK. This course provides hands-on training in the application and use of SatMaster 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 L, S, C, X, Ku, and Ka bands to fixed and mobile terminals are considered.

The course begins with a brief review of the underlying theory of link budgets and moves quickly to the user interface, estimating features, and file formats of SatMaster. The course then concentrates on examples that demonstrate both the principles and use of the software. SatMaster+, the latest version of the program, also is reviewed as it contains new features, such as batch analyses of multiple sites, ionospheric scintillation, and the use of interference densities as opposed to C/I estimates.

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.

UCLA Extension has presented this highly successful short course since 2002.


Course Materials

A demonstration copy of the latest version of SatMaster is distributed and used during this computer lab course. Lecture notes also are distributed on the first day of the course. The notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


Daily Schedule

Day One

Principles of Satellite Links and Applicability of SatMaster

Day Two

Detailed Link Design in Practice: Computer Workshop


Sponsor Background:

UCLA Extension is one of the largest providers of continuing education in the United States. For more than 40 years, it has presented quality technical and management short courses for engineers and managers seeking to keep abreast of new and rapidly changing technologies. The instructors -- drawn from academia, industry, and government -- are well-respected experts in their fields who present both theory and practice.

The courses range from two-to-five days in length and attract participants from across the United States and Internationally. Subject areas include electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering as well as computer and communications engineering and technical management. Nearly 100 courses per year are held on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Many of them are also presented under contract at company locations across the country and abroad.

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