Design of an enhanced interactive satellite communications system analysis program
Andersen, Kevin Robert
Wadsworth, Donald v.Z.
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This thesis describes the design of a user-friendly interactive satellite communications anal sis program for use on a personal computer. The user inputs the various parameters of a satellite orit, ground station location and communications equipment. The output generated allows a user to view the satellite ground trace and footprint, calculate satellite rise and set times, and analyze the performance of the communications link. The link analysis allows the user to input various signal losses and jamming interference. Care was taken to ensure that the program is simple to operate and that it provides on-line help for each segment. A principle goal of this thesis effort is to provide an educational tool that familiarizes the user with the communications segment of a space system. The initial success of the program based upon student response validates the use of object-oriented like software tools that enhance user understanding of complex subjects.
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