SatGen is a great tool to use when you wish to test your device in locations that you’re unable to visit, including hostile environments and areas with strict travel restrictions. It also eliminates the cost and inefficiency of performing multiple field tests and it allows you to test at any point in time, past or future. You can create scenarios to test specific product attributes, such as geofencing, and you can add timed stops to simulate multi-stop routes.
SatGen 4 has the following running modes:
SatGen 4 will automatically open in demo mode unless you have a dongle connected. This mode is intended to be used for demonstration and familiarisation purposes.
The demo mode will, however, limit the functionality of the software. It can only use GPS L1 signals and can only create scenario files that are up to 120 seconds in duration. This is sufficient for a demonstration scenario but is not a duration that can be used as a device testing file.
To make full use of SatGen 4 and create files for device testing, you have to use the security dongle you received when you purchased the SatGen configuration.
When you install the security dongle for the first time, you must make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet. This will allow for the automatic download of the relevant drivers for your security dongle.
For normal operation, you must make sure that the dongle is installed and recognised by the computer before you open the SatGen 4 software.
When you insert the security dongle into the USB port of your computer, it will automatically install and indicate that it is installed correctly with a red light.
SatGen 4 can operate in different running modes depending on the type of security dongle you are using. The system options are:
Note: It is essential that you keep your dongle safe as it cannot be replaced. If you need a new dongle, you must re-purchase a full version of the SatGen 4 software.
Note: The running mode will be indicated in the title bar.
The SatGen software comes with the following configurations:
Generating Trajectory Data or Simulations
There are several ways to generate files and simulations with SatGen 4:
Use the inbuilt map to search for a location or enter the coordinates directly.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a static scenario.
Use the inbuilt map to draw a dynamic route.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a dynamic scenario.
Create a trajectory using either the predefined examples or by entering user-generated commands to control the position, velocity and dynamics of the output file.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a script-based scenario.
Create a trajectory that uses custom leap seconds.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a leap-second scenario.
Create a live signal output for the current time or a live signal output for a specified time and date when using a LabSat Realtime unit.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a real time simulation.
Import an NMEA file with the planned trajectory to run a space simulation in SatGen 4.
Click on the link above to see the step-by-step instructions for creating a space simulation.