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Building a feasible software tool for analyzing RF inter-satellite links
Author(s): Karim A. Fouad
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, software tools for analyzing the communications capabilities of Radio Frequency (RF) ISLs are developed, and validated. The software tools are extremely flexible and can be used for analyzing any freespace RF ISL. The tools explore trade-offs in the communications capability by varying the requirements, parameters, and components of the communications system. Three GUIs are developed. The first GUI can use parameters from any satellite constellation geometry to calculate the operating range of the ISLs including inter-plane ranges between satellites within the same orbit plane as well as ranges between orbital planes within satellite constellation. The second GUI can work with any type of satellite whether it is GEO or LEO and solves for an unknown parameter of the communications system when all other parameters are given. The third GUI extends the analysis capability by plotting the trade-off between two parameters over a specified range of data. These plots analysis of the trade- off parameters for ISLs can indicate the crucial parameters which have the largest effect on system design and allows smooth and efficient design for ISLs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8385, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V, 83850M (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919973
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Karim A. Fouad, Egyptian Armed Forces (Egypt)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8385:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox; Richard T. Howard; Henry Zmuda, Editor(s)

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