P11310: Parabolic Dish Autopoint Solution
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Establish Target Specifications

List of Metrics
Metric No. Metric Importance Units
1 Accuracy 9 Degrees
2 Weight 9 Lbs
3 Power 9 Watt
4 Current 9 Amp
5 Temperature Range 3 degrees C
6 Acquisition Time 9 min
Customer Needs as Related to Engineering Metrics Matrix
Needs and Metrics Accuracy Weight Power Current Draw Acquisition Time Temperature Range
Portable x x x
Acquisition Time x
High Degree of Pointing Accuracy x
Robust Design x

Competitive Benchmarks

There are some baseline solutions that fit a wide range of customer needs. However, there are very few in existence for this particular need. In this case, there are two main competing products. Here, the metrics of these other products are compared.

Rockwell Collins - SWE-DISH
 The SWE-DISH, produced by Rockwell Collins currently employs an autopoint solution

The SWE-DISH, produced by Rockwell Collins currently employs an autopoint solution

AVTEC Raptor
 Raptor real time tracking, field deploy-able system

Raptor real time tracking, field deploy-able system

Competitive Benchmarking Matrix
Metric No. Need Nos. Metric Importance Units SWE-DISH CCT120 Suitcase Raptor
1 Need 1,1 Weight 9 lbs 94.8 66
2 Need 1,2 Size 9 in 26.4 x 17.7 x 11.8 21.6 x 21.6 x 10.8
3 Need 3,1 Accuracy 9 Degrees N/A 0.01

Ideal and Marginally Acceptable Target Values

List of Metrics
Metric No. Need Nos. Metric Importance Units Marginal value Ideal Value
1 Need 1,1 Weight 9 lbs 72 50
2 Need 1,3 Supply Voltage 3 V 24 12
3 Need 1,3 Current Draw 9 Amps 6 >6
4 Need 1,4 Power 9 Watts 150 <50
5 Need 2,1 Acquisition Time 9 min 5 1
6 Need 3,1 Pointing Accuracy 9 Degrees 1 1.5
7 Need 4,1 Cost 3 USD >$5k <$5k

Reflections

The make or break spec will be the pointing accuracy. Holding our design to a tight spec will assure us that we hit the satellite every time.

In regard to our competition, solutions exist in the market for mobile SATCOM systems and ones that are automatically pointed. The true differentiation will come from the performance of the data link, portability, and pointing accuracy.

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