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In designing a mobile satellite network, engineers and technologists are faced with wide-ranging issues for which there is no prior database. System engineers must address such issues as adequate margin to combat multipath fading, the level of adjacent channel protection required to allow transmission in narrow-band channels, the cochannel protection required to allow for frequency reuse in a multiplebeam system, and the level of intermodulation distortion tolerable for single-channel-per-carrier operation. Technologists, on the other hand, must determine the performance of various system components. For example, in the ground segment, modem and speech codec performance must be evaluated in the presence of thermal noise, fading, and other impairments. To enable system designers and technologists to optimize their design and pursue their research and development, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a mobile satellite channel simulator in hardware. This simulator has sufficient flexibility to facilitate many forms of tests and experiments.