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SATCOM simulator speeds MSS deployment and lowers costsMobile satellite systems (MSS) are being proposed and licensed at an accelerating rate. How can the design, manufacture, and performance of these systems be optimized at costs that allow a reasonable return on investment? The answer is the use of system simulation techniques beginning early in the system design and continuing through integration, pre- and post-launch monitoring, and in-orbit monitoring. This paper focuses on using commercially available, validated simulation instruments to deliver accurate, repeatable, and cost effective measurements throughout the life of a typical mobile satellite system. A satellite communications test set is discussed that provides complete parametric test capability with a significant improvement in measurement speed for manufacturing, integration, and pre-launch and in-orbit testing. The test set can simulate actual up and down link traffic conditions to evaluate the effects of system impairments, propagation and multipath on bit error rate (BER), channel capacity and transponder and system load balancing. Using a standard set of commercial instruments to deliver accurate, verifiable measurements anywhere in the world speeds deployment, generates measurement confidence, and lowers total system cost.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Carey, Tim
(Hewlett-Packard Co. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Hassun, Roland
(Hewlett-Packard Co. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Koberstein, Dave
(Hewlett-Packard Co. Palo Alto, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: JPL, Proceedings of the Third International Mobile Satellite Conference (IMSC 1993)
Subject Category
Communications And Radar
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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