SatMaster Pro Workshop

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This 3-day course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding and practical skills in using SatMaster Pro, a leading satellite communication planning tool. The course will cover the software’s features and functionalities, enabling participants to proficiently plan and optimize satellite link budgets and satellite communication systems. The course emphasizes practical application through hands-on exercises and real-world case studies.

Note: Laptops with SatMaster Pro installed will be provided for the practical sessions.

  • 3G/4G/5G Mobile Network Operators
  • Broadcasting Companies that utilize satellite links
  • Telecommunications companies (PTTs, Carriers)
  • Satellite Operators
  • Satellite Regulators
  • Internet Service Providers
  • IT & System Integration Companies
  • Multinational companies that rely on satellites
Instructor-led Training
  • Classroom: 3 days
  • LIVE Virtual*: 21 hours


  • A minimum of 6 or more participants are required for a company-based LIVE Virtual course to commence
  • LIVE Virtual courses can be conducted for 5 hours or 7 hours daily. Please note that the number of training days will be extended if you opt for 5 hours daily.

There are no upcoming course dates currently scheduled for this course. If you are keen on attending this course, please register your interest and indicate your preferred training dates via our course enquiry form for us to open a Classroom/LIVE Virtual class schedule for this course.

  1.  Recap of SATCOM Fundamentals
  • Characteristics of LEO, MEO, GEO Satellites and their Pros and Cons
  • Satellite Frequency Bands and their Pros and Cons
  • Multiplex Schemes: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, SCPC, MCPC, etc.
  • Linear and Circular Polarization
  • Satellite Beams: Global, Regional, Spot Beams, Steerable Beams
  • EIRP and G/T
  • Link Planning: Transmit Power, Antenna Gains, Free Space Loss, Receive Power, etc.
  • Transponder: Carriers, Channel Assignments, Bent Pipe, Regenerative Type
  1. Link Budget Concepts and their Application in SatMaster Pro Tool
  • Design Parameters
  • Link Budget Design
  • Antenna Gain and Beamwidth
  • Factors Affecting Antenna Gain
  • Calculating Antenna Gain and Beamwidth via Software
  • Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP)
  • Path Loss Calculations
  • Look Angles: Elevation and Azimuth Angle
  • Transponder: Antenna, LNA, BPF, Down-Converter, HPA
  • Adjacent Channel Interference
  • Input and Output Back Off
  • Uplink Power Control (UPC)
  • LNB Noise Figure
  • Figure of Merit (G/T) and Energy per Bit (Eb/No)
  • Transponder Types
  • ITU Rain Regions
  • FEC Code Rate, Carrier Spacing, Roll-off Factor, Implementation Loss
  • Bandwidth-Limited vs Power-Limited
  • Factors that affect bandwidth and power
  • Relationship of Modulation, FEC and BER
  • Symbol Rate and Roll Off Factor
  1. SatMaster Pro: Basic Tools
  • Downloading and Installing the Software
  • Customizing and Updating
  • Exploring the Functions of SatMaster Pro
  • Exploring SatMaster Pro Map Options: ITU Regions, World Time Zones, Ionospheric Scintillation, General Map/Image File Viewer, Polarization Offset Diagram, Polar Mount Diagram
  • Exploring SatMaster Pro Graph Options: Noise Temperature Vs Noise Figure, Plot Antenna Gain Template, Aperture Lobe Patterns, EIRP Vs Antenna Aperture, Modified Declination Offset, Polar Axis Modification Factor, Plot Antenna Parabola, Plot Atmospheric Absorption, Plot Rain Attenuation Vs Frequency, Plot Eb/No Vs BER, Plot Shannon’s Capacity Boundary
  • Exploring SatMaster Pro Table Options: Noise Temperature Vs Noise Figure, Look Angles, Dual Feed Spacing, Solar Transit/Azimuth Coincidence, Availability Vs Atmospheric Losses, Frequency Vs Atmospheric Losses, National Atmospheric Losses, Antenna Beamwidths, Antenna Aperture Vs Gain, Illumination and Beamwidth, EIRP Vs Antenna Aperture, Compare Digital Modulation Schemes
  • Exploring SatMaster Pro Calculate Options: Bandwidth Calculator, Flange Power Density, Power Ration Addition, Non-Linear Degradation, C/IM to Equivalent Non-Linear Degradation, Expression Evaluator, Convert D:M:S to Degrees, Convert Degrees to D:M:S, Noise Figure, Noise Temperature, Beamwidth, Wavelength, Frequency, Slant Range and Doppler Shirt, Site Diversity Gain, Average Year Availability, Focal Distance, Antenna Wind Loading, Antenna Gains, Estimate Antenna Noise, G/T, Sun Outage, Magnetic Variation, etc.
  1. SatMaster Pro: Analysis Tools
  • Look Angles
  • Dual Feed
  • Link Budget (GEO Bent Pipe)
  • Link Budget (Non-GEO Bent Pipe)
  • Uplink Budget (Regenerative)
  • Downlink Budget (Regenerative or Sat TV)
  • Total Atmospheric Attenuation
  • Solar Outage
  • Country Data
  • Satellite Data
  1. SatMaster Pro: Input Data for Link Budget Tool
  • Input Uplink Data: Site Name, Frequency, Polarization, Availability, Antenna Diameter, Antenna Efficiency, Coupling Loss, Antenna Mispointing Loss, CSat/ACI, CSat/XPl, ES HPA OBO, Number of Carriers/HPA, HPA CSat/IMo, UPC, HPA Power
  • Input Downlink Data: Site Name, Frequency, Polarization, Availability, Antenna Diameter, Antenna Efficiency, Coupling Loss, Antenna Mispointing Loss, LNB Noise Figure, Antenna Noise Temperature, CSat/ACI, CSat/XPl
  • Input ASI (Up) and ASI (Down) Data: Adjacent Satellite Interference coming from neighboring satellites, EIRP Density, Satellite Longitude, CSat/ASI
  • Input Rain Model Data: Dual Fade Scenario, Uplink and Downlink Rain Model, ITU-R (auto), Clear Sky, ITU (mm/hr), Depolarization, XPl Source Collocated
  • Input Satellite Data: Satellite Name, G/T, SFD, FCA, ALC, EIRP, Transponder Bandwidth, Transponder IBO and OBO, C/IM, Carriers/Transponder, Transponder Type (TWTA, LTWTA, SSPA)
  • Input Carriers Data: Service Name and Coverage Area, Info/Symbol Rate, Overhead % Info Rate, FEC Code Rate, Spreading Gain, 1+Rolloff Factor, Carrier Spacing Factor, BW Allocation Step, Implementation Loss, System Margin, Target Eb/No, Modulation (1-bit/symbol, M-APSK, M-QAM, Modcod, DVB-S2, DVB-S2X
  1. SatMaster Pro: Output (Results) and their Interpretation
  • Input Parameters: Link Input, Satellite Input, Carrier/Link Input
  • Calculations: Saturation, General, Uplink, Downlink
  • Totals Per Carrier: C/N, C/ACI, C/IM, Eb/No, System Margin, Excess Margin
  • EIRP Density Calculations: Flange Transmit, Flange Receive, Satellite Beam Peak
  • Earth Station Power Requirements: EIRP per Carrier, Available UPC, Total EIRP Required, Antenna Gain, Antenna Feed Flange Power Per Carrier, HPA Output Back off, Waveguide Loss, Number of HPA Carriers, Total HPA Power Required
  • Space Segment Utilization: Overall Target Availability, Information Rate, Transmit Rate, Symbol Rate, Occupied Bandwidth, Min Allocated BW Required, Allocated Transponder BW, Overall Link Efficiency, % Transponder BW Used, % Transponder Power User, Used, Max Carriers/Transponder, Limited by BW or Power, Power Equivalent BW Usage
  1. SatMaster Pro: Optimization of Results
  • ITU Procedures for the Coordination and Notification of Satellite Networks
  • The Role of Ofcom
  • Submission of Applications to Ofcom
  • Ofcom’s Due Diligence Requirements
  • Evaluation of Applications
  • Detailed Ofcom Filing Procedures
  • Authorization of Applicants to Conduct Coordination Directly
  • Charges and Fees
  • Transfer of a UK Satellite Network Filing by One Operator to another Operator
  • Cancellation and Relinquishment of UK Satellite Networks Filings
  • Flowchart for Processing of Applications for Assignments in Planned and Unplanned Satellite Bands

Note: A Certificate of Completion will only be issued upon achieving at least 75% attendance for the course.

Participants must have completed the ‘An Overview of Satellite Communications‘ course before taking this course. This course assumes and builds on participants’ foundational understanding of SATCOM.

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