An engineering task wherein all of the technical factors associated with the uplink, transponder, and downlink are analyzed to insure the network will meet expectations and operate optimally.
The term for correctly sizing uplink and downlink paths. Factors include antenna size, satellite transmission power and potential atmospheric effects (from weather to sunspots).
The difference between the output power and receiver power of an optical signal expressed in dB. Link refers to an optical connection and all of its component parts (optical transmitters, repeaters, receivers, and cables).