Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Beachem, Thomas Andrew URN etd-11152013-040426 Title In-orbit testing of satellite TWTA's without commercial traffic interference Degree Master of Science Department Electrical Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title C. W. Bostian Committee Chair T. Pratt Committee Member Tri T. Ha Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1986-05-05 Availability restricted AbstractTWTAs (Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers) are presently the primary life-limiting element of a communications satellite transponder.
Satellite operators rely on spare TWTAs to ensure that most of the
transponders will be operating at the spacecraft end-of-life. We wish
to track the "health" of the operating TWTAs in order to accurately predict the remaining useful lifetime of the satellite transponder. This
information is very useful for system planning and risk assessment.
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