Tampa, Fla.Tampa Microwave has launched the SatSim Plus product family of satellite simulators, which combines its link simulation system with the advanced capabilities of channel simulators from RT Logic.
SatSim Plus was designed to meet the requirements of evolving satellite communication systems that feature IP-based data protocols. These systems require link simulators that can mimic the delays associated with TDMA architectures.
In addition to providing free space link simulation at all relevant satellite communication frequencies, the SatSim Plus product family uses RT Logic's DSP-based T400CS channel simulation technology to emulate the RF channel characteristics of a propagation path including time delay, Doppler, noise, range attenuation and fading. All effects are implemented in a phase-continuous manner individually or in pre-planned combinations configured in uploadable data files.
SatSim Plus consists of two ruggedized, fly-away containers connected by signal, control and power cables. The user can load customized link/satellite profiles through a standard PC and the hosted Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI provides a real time display of the running simulation with multiple plots depicting the selected propagation effects.
With dynamic and repeatable control of the signal propagation path, a SatSim Plus simulator enables a variety of user test and training activities, including terminal operator training; realistic loopback testing; modem and terminal performance testing; comprehensive terminal diagnostic testing; diversity combining testing; and dynamic TDMA network testing (DVB-RCS).
The simulator hardware can be configured for single, dual, tri and quad band operation in the following frequency ranges: C, X, Ku and Ka. Functionality of any system can be controlled through System Administration features that limit access to complex modes and data entry screens.
Turn-key installations including towers are also available. Currently fielded Tampa Microwave satellite simulators are factory-upgradeable to incorporate the new channel simulation features.
Tampa Microwave, 1-813-855-2251, www.tampamicrowave.com