As a Dr. I am always into helping university students.
From what I understand from the above you want to make a precise as possible link budget tool, founded on practical data?
More less! The exact description would be: Developing a link budget tool and use DH2VA spread sheet and ES' Hail Sat 2 to validate it!
Do you know Jan King's Link budget spreadsheet? It has been a reference for quite some years now.
I have been working with this famous spreadsheet! Right now I am stuck because I do not really know what is the the current state of QO-100: Output power, back-off, #of channels... Do you know where I can find this data?