With optimum speed and performance, POS is tailored to provide the most accurate and efficient contoured beam optimization of shaped-surface or multi-feed reflector antennas. POS is used for:
Various surface shaping expansion functions
Control of maximum surface curvature for manufacturability
Consideration for manufacturing-imposed constraints in the design phases
CAD export of shaped reflector surface
Single, dual or multi reflector shaping
Advanced minimax optimization algorithm
The minimax goal is very useful for most design work because it relates directly to the design requirements. A least-squares optimization is also available and may be convenient for other design criteria or for obtaining a good starting point for minimax optimization. The algorithms allow constraints imposed on the optimization. This includes restricting the surface curvature and total surface deviation, feed displacements and orientations, and the allowed range of array excitation coefficients.
Thermal distortions and different types of manufacturing constraints can be included in the optimization for limiting e.g. surface curvature or feed displacement. Image on the right-hand side illustrates reflector shaping with and without curvature constraints.
Optimization of single, dual and multiple reflectors
Single, dual or multiple reflector systems can be optimized and various scattering obstacles can be included. Tools for coverage definition and display of the final results are included in the software. Very special reflectors for e.g. radiating a cosecant-square beam can also be optimized, see figure below.
Optimization of reflectors and arrays
POS features array optimization, even in combination with reflector shaping. The array may contain subarrays in multiple layers for which power division and individual excitations may be optimized.
Tailored minmax optimizer ensures extremely fast reflector design
Highly accurate analysis during optimization
Thoroughly tested by the space industry for decades
Compatibility with GRASP
De facto industry standard for contoured beam reflector antenna design