IconSatmaster Pro Mk9.x Series

Overview
Satmaster Pro, is a tool mainly used for preparing satellite link budgets and predicting sun outage events. A demo version, with some restrictions, is available to download for evaluation.

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Description of Features

Digital Link Budget Calculators
Full up-down link budget calculators with input provision for uplink power control (UPC), ALC, various interferences and multiple carriers. Finds HPA size, uplink power requirements, bandwidth and power usage per carrier. Calculates atmospheric losses and rain fade margins for any desired availability. Handles 1 bit/symbol (BPSK), QPSK, M-PSK/M-APSK or M-QAM with modcod selectors for DVBS, DVBS2, DVBS2-X and NS3. Determines power or bandwidth limited modes and calculates the power equivalent bandwidth, if appropriate. Supports paired carrier, turbo and manual modcods.

  • Modcod selectors for NS3, DVBS and DVBS2 (including DVBS2-X extensions).
  • Option to optimize the split of total availability between uplink and downlink.
  • Ability to translate excess margins to increased availability.
  • Option to calculate carrier EIRP(beam peak) and PSD(beam peak) values.
  • ITU-R recommendations P.618-12, P.676-11, P.836-5, P.839-4, P.840-6 supported.
  • Choice between C/I or Csat/Io interference inputs.
  • Option to force clear sky calculations for uplink and/or downlink for ACM or aircraft.
  • Support for Crane rain models.
  • Calculates atmospheric absorption, rain/cloud attenuation and tropospheric scintillation.
  • Supports P,L,S,C,X,Ku,Ka and K band.
  • Produces link budgets for LEO, MEO, HEO and GEO satellites.
  • Support for UPC, ALC and spread spectrum.
  • Modules for 1/2 link budgets for regenerative transponders or quick TVRO antenna sizing.
  • Separate bandwidth calculator for NS3, DVBS, DVBS2 and DVBS2-X
  • Sun outage prediction (single site and satellite).
  • Sun outage batch file handling (multiple sites or multiple satellites).
  • Antenna aiming.
  • Dual/multi feed positioning.
  • Dish sizing.
  • Polar mount alignment.
  • Automatic altitude and magnetic variation calculation.
  • Solar transit times.
  • Off-axis gains.
  • Loads and displays decoded two line element (TLE) files (SGP4/SDP4 model)
  • Module for batch processing of up to 10,000 GEO link budgets
  • Ionospheric scintillation estimator.
  • Optional four satellite, ASI calculator within GEO 'bent pipe' link budget modules.
  • Automatic antenna noise calculation option.
  • Tabulation of R0.01 values and rain attenuation for a selected country.
  • Key link budget results are highlighted.
  • Non-reflector gains and effective apertures accepted
  • Generates numerous graphs and tables
  • Numerous satellite based calculation tools such as G/T, off axis antenna gains and bandwidth.

Description of Batch Processing Module

Batch Link Budget Calculator
Calculates a full set of GEO digital link budgets in grid form. It's like running a standard link budget program many times with different G/T and EIRP data.
Batch File Input
Simple text files, listing up to 10,000 text lines (records), are used as input. Each record is expected to contain the following parameters as input:

  • Site name, Latitude, Longitude, Sat G/T, Sat EIRP, Antenna size

Altitude data is automatic. Antenna size may be initially set to zero. Once outbound terminal antenna sizes are calculated (optional) a new batch file may be saved with substituted antenna sizes for the hub inbound direction. Parameters that do not change significantly across the area of interest are input to a separate parameter/control file which may be saved, printed, displayed or transferred via the clipboard to a spreadsheet program. The batch method is flexible, you could use a batch of towns and cities within an area or use a regular lat/long grid of locations in which case you might like to list numerical grid references under 'Site Name'. The batch file is parsed for errors at run time and shows line numbers affected. Any text editor may be used but ones that display line numbers are advantageous.
Output
Saves the calculated link budget data grid as a CSV file for flexibility and user customisation. Please note that a spreadsheet application is required to display or manipulate the grid output.

General

Usage and System Requirements
Satmaster Pro is written in C/C++ and compiled as a single executable file. The software installs cleanly into a single directory/folder. The software does not require an internet connection and data is not written to disk unless the user chooses to.

Once licensed, there are no extra update charges for an entire integer release series (e.g. 9.0, 9.1, 9.2 etc) delivered by web download. A user license allows installation and use on multiple computers for 1 user but excludes any shared usage with other persons. Minimum System Requirements are an i586 or later processor, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with 800*600 or higher display resolution. There are reduced upgrade prices for previous integer series users (eg 8.x to 9.x).