SATELLITE TEST FACILITY

Skynet Satellite Measurements taken with the Test Laboratory included the effective radiated power of the spacecraft under various access conditions, the receiver sensitivity and transfer characteristics, the performance of the beacon transmitter and of the spacecraft power-sharing circuitry as well as recordings of amplitude and phase jitter. The phase delay through the spacecraft transponder was also examined.

The accuracy of the in-orbit tests was of the same order as that obtained by the spacecraft manufacturer prior to launch. The degree of accuracy was achieved by continuous calibration and adherence to a carefully designed test protocol.

Land Rover towing a satellite dishThe test facility was also used to:



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