2021 Technical Papers

Implementation and Validation of a Satellite Payload Test Suite for Planar Near Field Test Ranges

Authors: Edwin A. Barry, Pieter N. Betjes, Daniël Janse van Rensburg, Patrick Pelland
Publication: AMTA 2021
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies

Performing End-to-End testing of satellite payloads on planar near-field test ranges can greatly reduce the cost and real estate required compared to conventional far-field systems. Previous work has shown that this is theoretically possible, with limited test data showing viability. This paper provides additional validation of the technique’s ability to characterize various system-level parameters, including the equivalent isotropically radiated power , group delay, saturating flux density, system noise temperature and the gain vs. frequency response. Details of a new software satellite payload test suite is presented, along with the accompanying simulated payload that was developed for system verification and facility-to-facility comparison.

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