Software/Resource Management

Satellite resource management is a key business area for RKF Engineering. RKF has a long history of delivering customized resource management products to configure modern satellite systems.

Our customized resource management products include:

  • Wide-beam, Spot-beam and Beamformer payloads
  • S-Band, L-Band, C-Band, Ku-band, and Ka-Band
  • Digital processed payloads as well as bent-pipe
  • LEO, MEO, HEO and GEO systems

RKF software features sophisticated link analysis and optimization capabilities to ensure that the payload is delivering at its maximum performance, increasing the overall revenue for the customer. These capabilities are designed to facilitate common business objectives for RKF customers, such as on-boarding new users, optimizing the carrier plan for a broadband system, responding to a satellite anomaly or locating hidden unused capacity that could be sold to paying customers.

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RKF's software is being used by customers including:

  • TerreStar Networks: RKF delivered the TerreStar GRM to TerreStar networks to manage the capacity of the TerreStar S-Band Mobile Satellite System (MSS). The GRM predicted the capacity and demand of the TerreStar network based on subscriber profiles, beamforming payload performance, terminal performance and other key system properties. The GRM integrates with the Hughes Network Systems GMR-3G Satellite Base Station Subsystem (S-BSS) and Ground-Based Beamforming Systems (GBBF) to deploy the configured resource plan onto the operational network.
  • Ligado Networks: RKF developed the Ligado CRM to design custom beamforming coefficients to meet Ligado Networks coverage and regulatory needs. The CRM modeled payload performance and amplifier loading to maximize the utilization of the SkyTerra-1 payload. The CRM interfaces with the ViaSat Ground-based Beamformer system to deploy the beam designs onto the operational satellite.
  • NBN: RKF developed the Rules of Operation system to manage the capacity of the National Broadband Network, which is providing satellite broadband internet to Australia. The Rules of Operation system predicts and optimizes the carrier placement to mitigate intra-system interference while maximizing the overall delivered capacity to potentially hundreds of thousands of individual VSAT subscribers.