The Capacity Sizing Tool (CST) assists satellite capacity planning and sales teams in designing and selling service plans based on aligning QoS needs with satellite performance characteristics across geographic regions. Terminal Service Plans (TSPs) are defined as fleets of fixed and/or mobile terminals, an operating geographic area, required QoS targets, and expected levels of diurnal CIR and MIR. Terminal fleets may be defined to operate over routes, within geographic regions, or within specified beam groups. The CST determines achieved availability, data rate, and a nominal MODCOD for a service plan across the operating geography by considering the satellite performance characteristics and propagation models for link impairments for six different operating scenarios. This information can be used to create custom service plans per customer or standard service plan packages.
The CST allows satellite bandwidth and power resource pools (Group Service Plans) to be defined and Terminal Service Plans to be mapped to resource pools. Contention can be applied to the resource pools. These resource pools help in overall capacity planning and feed into our Capacity Planning Tool used in medium and long term capacity planning. In addition, the resource pools can be useful in assisting with service pricing. The iDirect Pulse service model for the Velocity platform is supported.
The CST provides further support to service-level planning by providing dynamic parameterized coverage map generation. Coverage maps can be generated at a global or regional scale to illustrate achieved availability, highlight or compare terminal type performance, or display achieved MIR or C/No. The coverage displays are customizable and can be viewed online, exported, or printed.