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Manipulate the map centre and scale using the navigation buttons top the top left of the map or use the box below to centre on some named place.
This educational page is intended to help you experiment with different satellite beams and draw the coverage area.
The page only works with beams that are either circular or elliptical. If elliptical, enter minor and major diameters and the tilt of the minor axis relative to the equator. 0 to 180 deg clockwise and viewed from the orbit with North upwards.
Consider your service area. What is essential ? What is less important and maybe covered by a broader, weaker, beam or beam edge ? It is normal to make the beam edge about the -4 dB contour.
Work out the size of transmit and receive antennas needed on the satellite using the antenna beamwidth calculator link at the top of this page.
Hint: Point the beam down at the sub-satellite point to verify its diameter and, if elliptical, the shape and orientation.
Disclaimer Warning: The results of this page may be in error. The beam centres and beam shapes and sizes are approximate.
Use is entirely at your own risk. Apply common sense and don't believe every number that comes out of a computer system!
The above image is an example of what happens if you plot several elliptical beams, based on the same centre lat and long but with different beamwidths. To do this, first determine several pairs of elliptical diameter widths using the beamwidth calculator for different dB down levels.
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Page started 11 July 2013, last amended 24 March Jan 2018