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Satellite Communications and NTN Design with MATLAB


In this webinar, we introduce standard-based functionality in MATLAB for modeling, simulation, and testing of satellite communications systems.  Visualize and model satellite orbits and perform visual access calculations and link budget analyses for integrated scenarios that include spacecraft, ground stations, and aircraft.  Generate test waveforms based on DVB-S2/S2X/RCS2, CCSDS, and GPS standards.  Design physical layer algorithms together with RF components and ground station receivers.  Because this functionality is provided as open MATLAB code, modify and customize the functions and use them as reference models for implementing satellite communications systems and devices.   


Through case studies and examples, you will learn how to:

  • Visualize 2D and 3D satellite orbits including field of view, ground tracks, and sky plots for navigation.  Model satellites with two-body, SGP4, or SDP4 orbit propagators. 
  • Analyze line-of-sight access and compute link closures in integrated scenarios that include satellites, ground stations, and aircraft.
  • Analyze interference scenarios and mitigate interference with electronic beam steering.
  • Analyze, design, and visualize link budgets for satellite communications.  Analyze uplinks, downlinks, and crosslinks.  Calculate link margins and availability.
  • Generate DVB-S2/S2X/RCS2, CCSDS, and GPS waveforms.
  • Model standards-based SatCom channels such as 5G NTN, ITU-R P.618 propagation loss, ITU-R P.681 land mobile satellite (LMS), and ETSI Rician, for link-level simulations.
  • Demodulate and decode 5G NTN, DVB-S2/S2X/RCS2, CCSDS, and GPS received waveforms while including effects of RF front-end impairments and corrections.
  • Create an HDL implementation of a DVB-S2 receiver.

Please allow approximately 45 minutes to attend the presentation and Q&A session. We will be recording this webinar, so if you can't make it for the live broadcast, register and we will send you a link to watch it on-demand.

About the Presenter

Mike McLernon is an advocate for communications and software-defined radio products at MathWorks. Since joining MathWorks in 2001, he has overseen the development of PHY layer modeling and SDR connectivity capabilities in Communications Toolbox. He has worked in the communications field for over 30 years in both the satellite and wireless industries. Mike received his BSEE from the University of Virginia and his MEEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Satellite Communications and NTN Design with MATLAB

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