Physical Optics Reflector

Features

  • Contains the multi-feed and the shaped reflector models
  • Full PO modelling of single- and multi-feed reflector antennas
  • Easy configuration of reflector systems based on beam size or reflector diameter
  • Supports center-fed and offset reflectors
  • Linearly and circularly polarized feed horn models
  • Fast and accurate optimization of shaped reflector systems and contoured beams using multi-feed reflectors
  • Includes the analytical reflector module

Values

  • Accurate evaluation of antenna directivity for better link budgets
  • Allows for easy and accurate investigation of the impact of reflector size and offset for system-level trade-off studies
  • Easy export of antenna geometry and station files as GRASP and POS projects
  • Optimization of shaped reflectors with the same algorithms used in POS

Design of shaped reflector antennas

Easily set up and optimize shaped reflectors for contoured beams. After you select only a few key parameters, such as reflector diameter and offset, SATSOFT can optimize the shape of the reflector to create a contoured beam for a given coverage polygon. The optimization uses the same proven algorithm as POS.

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Model of an offset reflector fed by single or dual mode feeds in Physical Optics Reflector model

Easy setup of multi-feed reflector antennas

By Specifying a minimum of parameters such as the reflector diameter or desired beamwidth, SATSOFT will set up a reflector system based on simple design rules to generate a blockage-free array-fed system. Far-fields from linearly or circularly polarized reflector antennas fed by fundamental-mode or dual-mode feeds are computed using a fast and accurate PO implementation. The built-in optimizer can find both the optimum layout and the optimum excitations of the feed array for creating a contoured beam for a given coverage polygon.

Design of HTS payloads

Scan aberration and spillover loss are accounted for in the analysis to provide accurate performance data for the scanned beams in multiple-spotbeam reflector systems with 3- or 4-color frequency reuse, or in the beams generated by a digital beamformer.

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Accurate modeling of frequency dependence

The physical optics module allows you to easily investigate the influence on the antenna performance of changing frequencies. This is a useful feature, e.g., for estimating the impact of different receive and transmit bands.

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Export POS and GRASP projects

The Physical Optics Reflector add-on allows you to export the antennas created in SATSOFT to POS and GRASP projects. When exporting to POS the project contains a fully configured optimization project with the station files used in SATSOFT, thereby allowing you to use SATSOFT as a preprocessor for your POS optimizations. For shaped reflector antennas it is also possible to setup dual-reflector systems for export to POS and GRASP.

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