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  1. A bionic approach to mathematical modeling the fold geometry of deployable reflector antennas on satellites

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    Feng, C. M.; Liu, T. S.

    2014-10-01

    Inspired from biology, this study presents a method for designing the fold geometry of deployable reflectors. Since the space available inside rockets for transporting satellites with reflector antennas is typically cylindrical in shape, and its cross-sectional area is considerably smaller than the reflector antenna after deployment, the cross-sectional area of the folded reflector must be smaller than the available rocket interior space. Membrane reflectors in aerospace are a type of lightweight structure that can be packaged compactly. To design membrane reflectors from the perspective of deployment processes, bionic applications from morphological changes of plants are investigated. Creating biologically inspired reflectors, this paper deals with fold geometry of reflectors, which imitate flower buds. This study uses mathematical formulation to describe geometric profiles of flower buds. Based on the formulation, new designs for deployable membrane reflectors derived from bionics are proposed. Adjusting parameters in the formulation of these designs leads to decreases in reflector area before deployment.

  2. A satellite-tracking millimeter-wave reflector antenna system for mobile satellite-tracking

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    Densmore, Arthur C. (Inventor); Jamnejad, Vahraz (Inventor); Woo, Kenneth E. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A miniature dual-band two-way mobile satellite tracking antenna system mounted on a movable ground vehicle includes a miniature parabolic reflector dish having an elliptical aperture with major and minor elliptical axes aligned horizontally and vertically, respectively, to maximize azimuthal directionality and minimize elevational directionality to an extent corresponding to expected pitch excursions of the movable ground vehicle. A feed-horn has a back end and an open front end facing the reflector dish and has vertical side walls opening out from the back end to the front end at a lesser horn angle and horizontal top and bottom walls opening out from the back end to the front end at a greater horn angle. An RF circuit couples two different signal bands between the feed-horn and the user. An antenna attitude controller maintains an antenna azimuth direction relative to the satellite by rotating it in azimuth in response to sensed yaw motions of the movable ground vehicle so as to compensate for the yaw motions to within a pointing error angle. The controller sinusoidally dithers the antenna through a small azimuth dither angle greater than the pointing error angle while sensing a signal from the satellite received at the reflector dish, and deduces the pointing angle error from dither-induced fluctuations in the received signal.

  3. Satellite-Tracking Millimeter-Wave Reflector Antenna System For Mobile Satellite-Tracking

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    Densmore, Arthur C. (Inventor); Jamnejad, Vahraz (Inventor); Woo, Kenneth E. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A miniature dual-band two-way mobile satellite-tracking antenna system mounted on a movable vehicle includes a miniature parabolic reflector dish having an elliptical aperture with major and minor elliptical axes aligned horizontally and vertically, respectively, to maximize azimuthal directionality and minimize elevational directionality to an extent corresponding to expected pitch excursions of the movable ground vehicle. A feed-horn has a back end and an open front end facing the reflector dish and has vertical side walls opening out from the back end to the front end at a lesser horn angle and horizontal top and bottom walls opening out from the back end to the front end at a greater horn angle. An RF circuit couples two different signal bands between the feed-horn and the user. An antenna attitude controller maintains an antenna azimuth direction relative to the satellite by rotating it in azimuth in response to sensed yaw motions of the movable ground vehicle so as to compensate for the yaw motions to within a pointing error angle. The controller sinusoidally dithers the antenna through a small azimuth dither angle greater than the pointing error angle while sensing a signal from the satellite received at the reflector dish, and deduces the pointing angle error from dither-induced fluctuations in the received signal.

  4. Design and Optimization of a Compact Wideband Hat-Fed Reflector Antenna for Satellite Communications

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    Geterud, Erik G.; Yang, Jian; Ostling, Tomas; Bergmark, Pontus

    2013-01-01

    We present a new design of the hat-fed reflector antenna for satellite communications, where a low reflection coefficient, high gain, low sidelobes and low cross-polar level are required over a wide frequency band. The hat feed has been optimized by using the Genetic Algorithm through a commercial FDTD solver, QuickWave-V2D, together with an own developed optimization code. The Gaussian vertex plate has been applied at the center of the reflector in order to improve the reflection coefficient and reduce the far-out sidelobes. A parabolic reflector with a ring-shaped focus has been designed for obtaining nearly 100% phase efficiency. The antenna's reflection coefficient is below -17 dB and the radiation patterns satisfy the M-x standard co- and cross-polar sidelobe envelopes for satellite ground stations over a bandwidth of 30%. A low-cost monolayer radome has been designed for the antenna with satisfactory performance. The simulations have been verified by measurements; both of them are presented in the paper.

  5. An experimental 20/30 GHz communications satellite conceptual design employing multiple-beam paraboloid reflector antennas

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    Goldman, A. M., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    An experimental 20/30 GHz communications satellite conceptual design is described which employs multiple-beam paraboloid reflector antennas coupled to a TDMA transponder. It is shown that the satellite employs solid state GaAs FET power amplifiers and low noise amplifiers while signal processing and switching takes place on-board the spacecraft. The proposed areas to be served by this satellite would be the continental U.S. plus Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as southern Canada and Mexico City. Finally, attention is given to the earth stations which are designed to be low cost.

  6. Satellite communication antenna technology

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    Mittra, R. (Editor); Imbriale, W. A. (Editor); Maanders, E. J. (Editor)

    1983-01-01

    A general overview of current technology in the field of communication satellite antennas is presented. Among the topics discussed are: the design of multiple beam systems; frequency reuse; and polarization control of antenna measurements. Consideration is also given to: contour beam synthesis; dual shaped reflector synthesis; beam shaping; and offset reflector design. The applications of the above technologies to present and future generations of communications satellites is considered, with emphasis given to such systems as: the Intelsats; the Defense Satellite Communications System, (DSCS-III); Satellite Business System (SBS), and Comstar.

  7. Nonlinear analysis and vibration suppression control for a rigid-flexible coupling satellite antenna system composed of laminated shell reflector

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    You, Bin Di; Wen, Jian Min; Zhao, Yang

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, a nonlinear dynamic modeling method for a rigid-flexible coupling satellite antenna system composed of laminated shell reflector is proposed undergoing a large overall motion. For the study of the characteristics of the reflector using laminated shell structure, the displacement field description of a point in a 3-noded shell element is acquired in conjunction with the length stretch, lateral bending and torsional deformation. Hence, a nonlinear dynamic model of the satellite antenna system is deduced based on Lagrange's equations. The complete expressions of nonlinear terms of elastic deformation and coupling terms between rigid motion and large deflection are considered in the dynamic equations, and the dynamic behavior of the rigid-flexible coupling system is analyzed using linear model and nonlinear model, respectively. In order to eliminate the system vibration, the PD with vibration force feedback control strategy is used to achieve its desired angles and velocity in a much shorter duration, and can further accomplish reduction of residual vibration. Then, the asymptotic stability of the system is proved based on the Lyapunov method. Through numerical computation, the results show that the linear model cannot capture the motion-induced coupling terms and geometric nonlinearity variations. However, the nonlinear model is suitable for dealing with large deformation rigid-flexible problem undergoing large overall motions. Hence, the satellite antenna pointing accuracy would be predicted based on the nonlinear model. Furthermore, the results also show that the proposed control strategy can suppress system vibration quickly. The above conclusions would have important academic significance and engineering value.

  8. Shaped reflector antenna analysis using the Jacobi-Bessel series. [design for space and satellite communication

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    Rahmat-Samii, Y.; Galindo-Israel, V.

    1980-01-01

    A vector radiation integral is derived for an offset shaped reflector illuminated by an arbitrarily located and oriented source. A procedure for expressing the integral in terms of a series of the Fourier transforms of an effective aperture distribution is discussed. The Jacobi-Bessel series is used to evaluate the Fourier transforms. Numerical results are presented for different reflector configurations and source locations.

  9. Membrane Shell Reflector Segment Antenna

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    Fang, Houfei; Im, Eastwood; Lin, John; Moore, James

    2012-01-01

    The mesh reflector is the only type of large, in-space deployable antenna that has successfully flown in space. However, state-of-the-art large deployable mesh antenna systems are RF-frequency-limited by both global shape accuracy and local surface quality. The limitations of mesh reflectors stem from two factors. First, at higher frequencies, the porosity and surface roughness of the mesh results in loss and scattering of the signal. Second, the mesh material does not have any bending stiffness and thus cannot be formed into true parabolic (or other desired) shapes. To advance the deployable reflector technology at high RF frequencies from the current state-of-the-art, significant improvements need to be made in three major aspects: a high-stability and highprecision deployable truss; a continuously curved RF reflecting surface (the function of the surface as well as its first derivative are both continuous); and the RF reflecting surface should be made of a continuous material. To meet these three requirements, the Membrane Shell Reflector Segment (MSRS) antenna was developed.

  10. Recent Developments of Reflectarray Antennas in Dual-Reflector Configurations

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    Carolina Tienda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent work on dual-reflector antennas involving reflectarrays is reviewed in this paper. Both dual-reflector antenna with a reflectarray subreflector and dual-reflectarrays antennas with flat or parabolic main reflectarray are considered. First, a general analysis technique for these two configurations is described. Second, results for beam scanning and contoured-beam applications in different frequency bands are shown and discussed. The performance and capabilities of these antennas are shown by describing some practical design cases for radar, satellite communications, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS applications.

  11. Jacobi-Bessel analysis of reflector antennas with elliptical apertures

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    Rahmat-Samii, Yahya

    1987-01-01

    Although many reflector antennas possess circular projected apertures, there are recent satellite and ground antenna applications for which it is desirable to employ reflectors with elliptical apertures. Here a modification of the Jacobi-Bessel expansion is presented for the diffraction analysis of reflectors with elliptical apertures. A comparative study is also performed between this modified Jacobi-Bessel algorithm and the one which uses the Jacobi-Bessel expansion over a circumscribing circular region. Numerical results are presented for offset reflectors with elliptical and circular apertures and the improved convergence properties of the modified algorithm are highlighted.

  12. Broadband Multilayered Array Antenna with EBG Reflector

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    P. Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Most broadband microstrip antennae are implemented in the form of slot structure or laminate structure. The impedance bandwidth is broadened, but meanwhile, the sidelobe of the directivity pattern and backlobe level are enlarged. A broadband stacked slot coupling microstrip antenna array with EBG structure reflector is proposed. Test results indicate that the proposed reflector structure can effectively improve the directivity pattern of stacked antenna and aperture coupled antenna, promote the front-to-back ratio, and reduce the thickness of the antenna. Therefore, it is more suitable to be applied as an airborne antenna.

  13. Collapsible structure for an antenna reflector

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    Trubert, M. R. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A collapsible support for an antenna reflector for use in supporting spacecraft antennas is described. The support has a regid base and a number of struts which are pivoted at the base. The deployment of the struts and their final configuration for supporting the antenna are illustrated.

  14. Reflector Surface Error Compensation in Dual-Reflector Antennas

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    Jamnejad, Vahraz; Imbriale, William

    2010-01-01

    By probing the field on a small subreflector at a minimal number of points, the main reflector surface errors can be obtained and subsequently used to design a phase-correction subreflector that can compensate for main reflector errors. The compensating phase-error profile across the subreflector can be achieved either by a surface deformation or by the use of an array of elements such as patch antennas that can cause a phase shift between the incoming and outgoing fields. The second option is of primary interest here, but the methodology can be applied to either case. The patch array is most easily implemented on a planar surface. Therefore, the example of a flat subreflector and a parabolic main reflector (a Newtonian dual reflector system) is considered in this work. The subreflector is assumed to be a reflector array covered with patch elements. The phase variation on a subreflector can be detected by a small number of receiving patch elements (probes). By probing the phase change at these few selected positions on the subreflector, the phase error over the entire surface can be recovered and used to change the phase of all the patch elements covering the subreflector plane to compensate for main reflector errors. This is accomplished by using a version of sampling theorem on the circular aperture. The sampling is performed on the phase-error function on the circular aperture of the main reflector by a method developed using Zernike polynomials. This method is based upon and extended from a theory previously proposed and applied to reflector aperture integration. This sampling method provides for an exact retrieval of the coefficients of up to certain orders in the expansion of the phase function, from values on a specifically calculated set of points in radial and azimuthal directions in the polar coordinate system, on the circular reflector aperture. The corresponding points on the subreflector are then obtained and, by probing the fields at these points, a

  15. Key technologies for high-accuracy large mesh antenna reflectors

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    Meguro, Akira; Harada, Satoshi; Watanabe, Mitsunobu

    2003-12-01

    Nippon Telephone and Telegram Corporation (NTT) continues to develop the modular mesh-type deployable antenna. Antenna diameter can be changed from 5 m to about 20 m by changing the number of modules used with surface accuracy better than 2.4 mm RMS (including all error factors) with sufficient deployment reliability. Key technologies are the antenna's structural design, the deployment mechanism, the design tool, the analysis tool, and modularized testing/evaluation methods. This paper describes our beam steering mechanism. Tests show that it yields a beam pointing accuracy of better than 0.1°. Based on the S-band modular mesh antenna reflector, the surface accuracy degradation factors that must be considered in designing the new antenna are partially identified. The influence of modular connection errors on surface accuracy is quantitatively estimated. Our analysis tool SPADE is extended to include the addition of joint gaps. The addition of gaps allows non-linear vibration characteristics due to gapping in deployment hinges to be calculated. We intend to design a new type of mesh antenna reflector. Our new goal is an antenna for Ku or Ka band satellite communication. For this mission, the surface shape must be 5 times more accurate than is required for an S-band antenna.

  16. Polarization losses in reflector antennas

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    Safak, M.; Yazgan, E.

    1985-08-01

    Various definitions for polarization-loss efficiency of Cassegrainian and front-fed reflectors are compared. The effects of flare angle, feed taper and the feed pattern asymmetry on the polarization-loss efficiency are investigated. The definitions based on aperture fields are shown to be inadequate and far fields must be used for calculating the polarization losses.

  17. System overview on electromagnetic compensation for reflector antenna surface distortion

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    Acosta, R. J.; Zaman, A. J.; Terry, J. D.

    1993-01-01

    The system requirements and hardware implementation for electromagnetic compensation of antenna performance degradations due to thermal effects was investigated. Future commercial space communication antenna systems will utilize the 20/30 GHz frequency spectrum and support very narrow multiple beams (0.3 deg) over wide angle field of view (15-20 beamwidth). On the ground, portable and inexpensive very small aperture terminals (VSAT) for transmitting and receiving video, facsimile and data will be employed. These types of communication system puts a very stringent requirement on spacecraft antenna beam pointing stability (less than .01 deg), high gain (greater than 50 dB) and very lowside lobes (less than -25 dB). Thermal analysis performed on the advanced communication technology satellite (ACTS) has shown that the reflector surfaces, the mechanical supporting structures and metallic surfaces on the spacecraft body will distort due thermal effects from a varying solar flux. The antenna performance characteristics (e.g., pointing stability, gain, side lobe, etc.) will degrade due to thermal distortion in the reflector surface and supporting structures. Specifically, antenna RF radiation analysis has shown that pointing error is the most sensitive antenna performance parameter to thermal distortions. Other antenna parameters like peak gain, cross polarization level (beam isolation), and side lobe level will also degrade with thermal distortions. In order to restore pointing stability and in general antenna performance several compensation methods were proposed. In general these compensation methods can be classified as being either of mechanical or electromagnetic type. This paper will address only the later one. In this approach an adaptive phased array antenna feed is used to compensate for the antenna performance degradation. Extensive work has been devoted to demonstrate the feasibility of adaptive feed compensation on space communication antenna systems. This

  18. Integrated 222-GHz corner-reflector antennas

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    Gearhart, Steven S.; Ling, Curtis C.; Rebeiz, Gabriel M.

    1991-01-01

    A high-gain monolithic millimeter-wave antenna has been designed, fabricated, and tested at 222 GHz. The structure consists of a traveling-wave antenna integrated on a 1.2-micron dielectric membrane and suspended in a longitudinal cavity etched in a silicon wafer. A new traveling-wave antenna design yields a wideband input impedance and a low cross-polarization component in the E- and quasi-H-plane patterns. A directivity of 17.7 dB and a main-beam efficiency of 88.5 percent are calculated from the 222-GHz pattern measurements. The integrated corner-reflector antenna is well suited for millimeter- and submillimeter-wave imaging applications in large f-number systems.

  19. Analysis of a generalized dual reflector antenna system using physical optics

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    Acosta, Roberto J.; Lagin, Alan R.

    1992-01-01

    Reflector antennas are widely used in communication satellite systems because they provide high gain at low cost. Offset-fed single paraboloids and dual reflector offset Cassegrain and Gregorian antennas with multiple focal region feeds provide a simple, blockage-free means of forming multiple, shaped, and isolated beams with low sidelobes. Such antennas are applicable to communications satellite frequency reuse systems and earth stations requiring access to several satellites. While the single offset paraboloid has been the most extensively used configuration for the satellite multiple-beam antenna, the trend toward large apertures requiring minimum scanned beam degradation over the field of view 18 degrees for full earth coverage from geostationary orbit may lead to impractically long focal length and large feed arrays. Dual reflector antennas offer packaging advantages and more degrees of design freedom to improve beam scanning and cross-polarization properties. The Cassegrain and Gregorian antennas are the most commonly used dual reflector antennas. A computer program for calculating the secondary pattern and directivity of a generalized dual reflector antenna system was developed and implemented at LeRC. The theoretical foundation for this program is based on the use of physical optics methodology for describing the induced currents on the sub-reflector and main reflector. The resulting induced currents on the main reflector are integrated to obtain the antenna far-zone electric fields. The computer program is verified with other physical optics programs and with measured antenna patterns. The comparison shows good agreement in far-field sidelobe reproduction and directivity.

  20. Galileo satellite antenna modeling

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    Steigenberger, Peter; Dach, Rolf; Prange, Lars; Montenbruck, Oliver

    2015-04-01

    The space segment of the European satellite navigation system Galileo currently consists of six satellites. Four of them belong to the first generation of In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites whereas the other two are Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites. High-precision geodetic applications require detailed knowledge about the actual phase center of the satellite and receiver antenna. The deviation of this actual phase center from a well-defined reference point is described by phase center offsets (PCOs) and phase center variations (PCVs). Unfortunately, no public information is available about the Galileo satellite antenna PCOs and PCVs, neither for the IOV, nor the FOC satellites. Therefore, conventional values for the IOV satellite antenna PCOs have been adopted for the Multi-GNSS experiment (MGEX) of the International GNSS Service (IGS). The effect of the PCVs is currently neglected and no PCOs for the FOC satellites are available yet. To overcome this deficiency in GNSS observation modeling, satellite antenna PCOs and PCVs are estimated for the Galileo IOV satellites based on global GNSS tracking data of the MGEX network and additional stations of the legacy IGS network. Two completely independent solutions are computed with the Bernese and Napeos software packages. The PCO and PCV values of the individual satellites are analyzed and the availability of two different solutions allows for an accuracy assessment. The FOC satellites are built by a different manufacturer and are also equipped with another type of antenna panel compared to the IOV satellites. Signal transmission of the first FOC satellite has started in December 2014 and activation of the second satellite is expected for early 2015. Based on the available observations PCO estimates and, optionally PCVs of the FOC satellites will be presented as well. Finally, the impact of the new antenna model on the precision and accuracy of the Galileo orbit determination is analyzed.

  1. Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems v.3 applications of reflectors

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    Rao, Sudhakar; Sharma, Satish K

    2013-01-01

    This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume III focuses on the range of reflector antenna applications, including space, terrestrial, and radar. The intent of this book volume is to provide practical applications and design information on reflector antennas used fo

  2. Beam-Steerable Flat-Panel Reflector Antenna

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    Lee, Choon Sae; Lee, Chanam; Miranda, Felix A.

    2005-01-01

    Many space applications require a high-gain antenna that can be easily deployable in space. Currently, the most common high-gain antenna for space-born applications is an umbrella-type reflector antenna that can be folded while being lifted to the Earth orbit. There have been a number of issues to be resolved for this type of antenna. The reflecting surface of a fine wire mesh has to be light in weight and flexible while opening up once in orbit. Also the mesh must be a good conductor at the operating frequency. In this paper, we propose a different type of high-gain antenna for easy space deployment. The proposed antenna is similar to reflector antennas except the curved main reflector is replaced by a flat reconfigurable surface for easy packing and deployment in space. Moreover it is possible to steer the beam without moving the entire antenna system.

  3. Design method for an offset dual-shaped reflector antenna with high efficiency and an elliptical beam

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    Aoki, K.; Makino, S.; Katagi, T.; Kagoshima, K.

    1993-04-01

    A newly developed method of design for a shaped reflector antenna is described. A conventional quadratic reflector configuration is assumed; the reflectors are then modified to yield the desired aperture shape and field distribution by introducing shaping functions. This method is useful for designing antennas with an arbitrary shaped beam, such as an elliptical-beam antenna, and has been verified through a 4.7 m x 2.3 m dual-band earth-station antenna for the Japanese domestic satellite system CS. The measured aperture efficiency is more than 76 percent, and the ratio of the major and minor axes of the elliptical beam is 2:1.

  4. Computer program aids dual reflector antenna system design

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    Firnett, P.; Gerritsen, R.; Jarvie, P.; Ludwig, A.

    1968-01-01

    Computer program aids in the design of maximum efficiency dual reflector antenna systems. It designs a shaped cassegrainian antenna which has nearly 100 percent efficiency, and accepts input parameters specifying an existing conventional antenna and produces as output the modifications necessary to conform to a shaped design.

  5. Theoretical analysis of a parabolic torus reflector antenna with multibeam

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    杜彪; 杨可忠; 钟顺时

    1995-01-01

    The parametric equations and the formulas of unit normal vector and surface element for aparabolic torus reflector antenna are derived and the mechanism of producing multibeam is proposed, Based on physical optics, the radiation pattern formulas for the antenna are given, with which the effects of geometric parameters on the antenna are studied. The good agreement between the calculated patterns and the measured ones shows that the theory is helpful for designing parabolic torus antennas.

  6. Homology Parameters for Large Axisymmetric Shaped Dual-Reflector Antennas

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    Ban, You; Duan, Baoyan; Wang, Congsi; Wang, Wei; Feng, Shufei; Xiang, Binbin

    2017-05-01

    We extend the concept of best-fitting paraboloids for large single and dual reflectors with conic-section surfaces to best-fit shaped surface for large dual reflectors shaped for uniform amplitude distribution. The point focus of the paraboloidal main reflector is replaced by focal lines for the main reflector and the primary subreflector focus, whereas the secondary subreflector point focus at the feed is kept. The reflector surfaces are shaped, and all rays from the main-reflector aperture to the feed meet an equal-path-length condition. This condition may be represented by a set of "homology parameters" determined by a least-squares method. Finally, we calculate the homology parameters and the root mean square of surface errors for an 8-m dual-reflector system including gravity effects for the antenna pointed toward zenith and the horizon.

  7. 3D printed 20/30-GHz dual-band offset stepped-reflector antenna

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    Menendez, Laura G.; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Persson, Frank

    2015-01-01

    with a peak directivity of 36.7 dB and 40.4 dB at 20 and 30 GHz, respectively; this corresponds to an aperture efficiency of 61 % and 64 %, respectively. These results demonstrate that 3D printing is a viable manufacturing technology for medium-sized high-frequency antennas.......This paper documents the manufacturing by selective laser sintering of a 20/30 GHz dual-band circularly polarized offset stepped-reflector antenna for K- and Ka-band satellite communication. The manufactured antenna has been measured at the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility...

  8. Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems v.1 theory and design of reflectors

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    Sharma, Satish K; Shafai, Lotfollah

    2013-01-01

    This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume I provides a unique combination of theoretical underpinnings with design considerations and techniques. The need for knowledge in reflector antennas has grown steadily over the last two decades due to increased use in spa

  9. Design Method for a Low-Profile Dual-Shaped Reflector Antenna with an Elliptical Aperture by the Suppression of Undesired Scattering

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    Inasawa, Yoshio; Kuroda, Shinji; Kusakabe, Kenji; Naito, Izuru; Konishi, Yoshihiko; Makino, Shigeru; Tsuchiya, Makio

    A design method is proposed for a low-profile dual-shaped reflector antenna for the mobile satellite communications. The antenna is required to be low-profile because of mount restrictions. However, reduction of its height generally causes degradation of antenna performance. Firstly, an initial low-profile reflector antenna with an elliptical aperture is designed by using Geometrical Optics (GO) shaping. Then a Physical Optics (PO) shaping technique is applied to optimize the gain and sidelobes including mitigation of undesired scattering. The developed design method provides highly accurate design procedure for electrically small reflector antennas. Fabrication and measurement of a prototype antenna support the theory.

  10. Beam spoiling a reflector antenna with conducting shim.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2012-12-01

    A horn-fed dish reflector antenna has characteristics including beam pattern that are a function of its mechanical form. The beam pattern can be altered by changing the mechanical configuration of the antenna. One way to do this is with a reflecting insert or shim added to the face of the original dish.

  11. Advanced deployable reflectors for communications satellites

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    Lowe, Elvin; Josephs, Michael; Hedgepeth, John

    1993-02-01

    This paper discusses a concept for a deployable mesh reflector for large spacecraft antennas and the processes used in design, fabrication and testing. A set of overall reflector requirements such as stowed volume, deployed diameter and RF loss derived from system specifications are presented. The development of design and analysis tools to allow parametric studies such as facet size, number of ribs and number of rib segments is discussed. CATIA (a commercially available three-dimensional design and analysis tool) is used to perform kinematic analyses as well as to establish the database to be used by the several groups participating in the development is examined. Results of trade studies performed to reduce cost with minimum risk to product delivery are included. A thirty foot reflector has been built and tested.

  12. Design and rigorous analysis of generalized axially- symmetric dual-reflector antennas

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    Moreira, Fernando J. S.

    1997-10-01

    insights for the antenna design. Finally, as a case study, the design of an axially-symmetric Cassegrain antenna is carried out from start to completion. With main- and sub-reflector diameters of 100 and 15 wavelengths, respectively, the designed antenna achieves 80% efficiency while satisfying the current sidelobe-envelope recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union for earth-station antennas operating with geostationary satellites.

  13. Shaped cassegrain reflector antenna. [design equations

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    Rao, B. L. J.

    1973-01-01

    Design equations are developed to compute the reflector surfaces required to produce uniform illumination on the main reflector of a cassegrain system when the feed pattern is specified. The final equations are somewhat simple and straightforward to solve (using a computer) compared to the ones which exist already in the literature. Step by step procedure for solving the design equations is discussed in detail.

  14. Form-finding methods for deployable mesh reflector antennas

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    Li Tuanjie; Jiang Jie; Deng Hanqing; Lin Zhanchao; Wang Zuowei

    2013-01-01

    Deployable high-frequency mesh reflector antennas for future communications and obser-vations are required to obtain high gain and high directivity. In order to support these new missions, reflectors with high surface accuracy are widely required. The form-finding analysis of deployable mesh reflector antennas becomes more vital which aims to determine the initial surface profile formed by the equilibrium prestress distribution in cables to satisfy the surface accuracy requirement. In this paper, two form-finding methods for mesh reflector antennas, both of which include two steps, are pro-posed. The first step is to investigate the prestress design only for the cable net structure as the circum-ferential nodes connected to the supporting truss are assumed fixed. The second step is to optimize the prestress distribution of the boundary cables connected directly to the supporting truss considering the elastic deformation of the antenna structure. Some numerical examples are carried out and the simu-lation results demonstrate the proposed form-finding methods can warrant the deformed antenna reflector surface matches the one by design and the cable tension forces fall in a specified range.

  15. Measurement of small antenna reflector losses for radiometer calibration budget

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    Skou, Niels

    1997-01-01

    Antenna reflector losses play an important role in the calibration budget for a microwave radiometer. If the losses are small, they are difficult to measure by traditional means. However, they can be assessed directly by radiometric means using the sky brightness temperature as incident radiation. This paper describes how such measurements are carried out as well as a suitable experimental setup. The main reflector of the European Space Agency's MIMR system is used to demonstrate the principle

  16. Accurate antenna reflector loss measurements for radiometer calibration budget

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    Skou, Niels

    1996-01-01

    Antenna reflector losses may play an important role in the calibration budget for a microwave radiometer. If the losses are small they are difficult to measure by traditional means. However, they can be assessed directly by radiometric means using the sky brightness temperature as incident radiat...... radiation. The paper describes how such measurements are carried out as well as a suitable experimental set-up. The main reflector of the European Space Agency's MIMR system is used to demonstrate the principle...

  17. Investigation of Flexible Textile Antennas and AMC Reflectors

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    M. Mantash

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, two different methods for fabric characterization are presented: a single frequency method and a broadband method. Felt and denim fabrics are characterized, and patch antennas are designed using these substrates to test both methods. Prototypes of the antennas on felt and denim are manufactured using conductive textile (called electrotextile aiming to obtain fully flexible antennas. The prototypes are characterized in anechoic chamber to be compared and obtain conclusions related to the characterization methods. A new dual-band hexagonal AMC reflector combinable with antennas is also proposed to improve their performance and reduce the backward radiation to the human body. A novel broadband CPW-fed monopole antenna is designed to be combined with the AMC. The resulted prototype is characterized and compared with the performance of the CPW-fed antenna alone.

  18. Measurement of small antenna reflector losses for radiometer calibration budget

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    Skou, Niels

    1997-01-01

    Antenna reflector losses play an important role in the calibration budget for a microwave radiometer. If the losses are small, they are difficult to measure by traditional means. However, they can be assessed directly by radiometric means using the sky brightness temperature as incident radiation...

  19. Surface accuracy analysis and mathematical modeling of deployable large aperture elastic antenna reflectors

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    Coleman, Michael J.

    One class of deployable large aperture antenna consists of thin light-weight parabolic reflectors. A reflector of this type is a deployable structure that consists of an inflatable elastic membrane that is supported about its perimeter by a set of elastic tendons and is subjected to a constant hydrostatic pressure. A design may not hold the parabolic shape to within a desired tolerance due to an elastic deformation of the surface, particularly near the rim. We can compute the equilibrium configuration of the reflector system using an optimization-based solution procedure that calculates the total system energy and determines a configuration of minimum energy. Analysis of the equilibrium configuration reveals the behavior of the reflector shape under various loading conditions. The pressure, film strain energy, tendon strain energy, and gravitational energy are all considered in this analysis. The surface accuracy of the antenna reflector is measured by an RMS calculation while the reflector phase error component of the efficiency is determined by computing the power density at boresight. Our error computation methods are tailored for the faceted surface of our model and they are more accurate for this particular problem than the commonly applied Ruze Equation. Previous analytical work on parabolic antennas focused on axisymmetric geometries and loads. Symmetric equilibria are not assumed in our analysis. In addition, this dissertation contains two principle original findings: (1) the typical supporting tendon system tends to flatten a parabolic reflector near its edge. We find that surface accuracy can be significantly improved by fixing the edge of the inflated reflector to a rigid structure; (2) for large membranes assembled from flat sheets of thin material, we demonstrate that the surface accuracy of the resulting inflated membrane reflector can be improved by altering the cutting pattern of the flat components. Our findings demonstrate that the proper choice

  20. Design of Ring-Focus Elliptical Beam Reflector Antenna

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    Jun-Mo Wu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for the design of elliptical beam reflector antenna is presented in this paper. By means of the basic principles of ring-focus antenna, a circularly symmetric feed and two specially shaped reflectors are used to form an elliptical beam antenna. Firstly, the design process of this ring-focus elliptical beam antenna is studied in detail. Transition function is defined and used in the design process. Then, combining the needs of practical engineering, a ring-focus elliptical beam reflector antenna is manufactured and tested. The gain at center frequency (12 GHz is 37.7 dBi with an aperture efficiency of 74.6%. 3 dB beam-width in φ=0° and φ=90° plane is 2.6° and 1.4°, respectively. Ratio of the elliptical beam (ratio of 3 dB beam-width in φ=0° and φ=90° plane is 2.6/1.4=1.85, substantially equal to designed ratio 2. Simulating and testing results match well, which testify the effectiveness of this design method.

  1. Substantiation of the Structural-Layout Scheme of the Mirror-Space-Antenna Reflector with a High Shape Stability and a Low Density per Unit Length

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    Reznik, S. V.; Prosuntsov, P. V.; Azarov, A. V.

    2015-05-01

    Problems of designing space-antenna reflectors from composite materials for promising telecommunication satellites are considered. Selection of designs is based on the numerical modeling of heat-transfer and mechanics processes corresponding to orbital-flight conditions.

  2. Living antennas on communication satellites

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    Lumholt, Michael

    2003-01-01

    Crises change the global pattern of communication. The communications problems occur because the satellites are optimized to cover specific geographic areas, and these areas cannot be altered once the satellites are in Earth orbit. An effective solution to the problem is to equip communication...... satellites with "living" antennas that can adjust their radiation coverage areas according to the new demands. The development of living antennas is, therefore, among the focus areas identified and supported by the European Space Agency, ESA....

  3. Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers

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    Snel, R C; Baars, J W M

    2007-01-01

    The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) will consist of up to 64 state-of-the-art sub-mm telescopes, subject to stringent performance specifications which will push the boundaries of the technology, and makes testing of antenna performance a likewise challenging task. Two antenna prototypes were evaluated at the ALMA Test Facility at the Very Large Array site in New Mexico, USA. The dynamic behaviour of the antennas under operational conditions was investigated with the help of an accelerometer system capable of measuring rigid body motion of the elevation structure of the antenna, as well as a few low-order deformation modes, resulting in dynamic performance numbers for pointing stability, reflector surface stability, path length stability, and structure flexure. Special emphasis was given to wind effects, one of the major factors affecting performance on timescales of seconds to tens of minutes. This paper describes the accelerometer system, its capabilities and limitations, and presents the dynamic perfo...

  4. APPLICATION OF VISION METROLOGY TO IN-ORBIT MEASUREMENT OF LARGE REFLECTOR ONBOARD COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR NEXT GENERATION MOBILE SATELLITE COMMUNICATION

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    M. Akioka

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Satellite for next generation mobile satellite communication service with small personal terminal requires onboard antenna with very large aperture reflector larger than twenty meters diameter because small personal terminal with lower power consumption in ground base requires the large onboard reflector with high antenna gain. But, large deployable antenna will deform in orbit because the antenna is not a solid dish but the flexible structure with fine cable and mesh supported by truss. Deformation of reflector shape deteriorate the antenna performance and quality and stability of communication service. However, in case of digital beam forming antenna with phased array can modify the antenna beam performance due to adjustment of excitation amplitude and excitation phase. If we can measure the reflector shape precisely in orbit, beam pattern and antenna performance can be compensated with the updated excitation amplitude and excitation phase parameters optimized for the reflector shape measured every moment. Softbank Corporation and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has started the project "R&D on dynamic beam control technique for next generation mobile communication satellite" as a contracted research project sponsored by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan. In this topic, one of the problem in vision metrology application is a strong constraints on geometry for camera arrangement on satellite bus with very limited space. On satellite in orbit, we cannot take many images from many different directions as ordinary vision metrology measurement and the available area for camera positioning is quite limited. Feasibility of vision metrology application and general methodology to apply to future mobile satellite communication satellite is to be found. Our approach is as follows: 1 Development of prototyping simulator to evaluate the expected precision for network design in zero order and first order

  5. Application of Vision Metrology to In-Orbit Measurement of Large Reflector Onboard Communication Satellite for Next Generation Mobile Satellite Communication

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    Akioka, M.; Orikasa, T.; Satoh, M.; Miura, A.; Tsuji, H.; Toyoshima, M.; Fujino, Y.

    2016-06-01

    Satellite for next generation mobile satellite communication service with small personal terminal requires onboard antenna with very large aperture reflector larger than twenty meters diameter because small personal terminal with lower power consumption in ground base requires the large onboard reflector with high antenna gain. But, large deployable antenna will deform in orbit because the antenna is not a solid dish but the flexible structure with fine cable and mesh supported by truss. Deformation of reflector shape deteriorate the antenna performance and quality and stability of communication service. However, in case of digital beam forming antenna with phased array can modify the antenna beam performance due to adjustment of excitation amplitude and excitation phase. If we can measure the reflector shape precisely in orbit, beam pattern and antenna performance can be compensated with the updated excitation amplitude and excitation phase parameters optimized for the reflector shape measured every moment. Softbank Corporation and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has started the project "R&D on dynamic beam control technique for next generation mobile communication satellite" as a contracted research project sponsored by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan. In this topic, one of the problem in vision metrology application is a strong constraints on geometry for camera arrangement on satellite bus with very limited space. On satellite in orbit, we cannot take many images from many different directions as ordinary vision metrology measurement and the available area for camera positioning is quite limited. Feasibility of vision metrology application and general methodology to apply to future mobile satellite communication satellite is to be found. Our approach is as follows: 1) Development of prototyping simulator to evaluate the expected precision for network design in zero order and first order 2) Trial

  6. An active reflector antenna using a laser angle metrology system

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    Yong Zhang; Jie Zhang; De-Hua Yang; Guo-Hua Zhou; Ai-Hua Li; Guo-Ping Li

    2012-01-01

    An active reflector is one of the key technologies for constructing large telescopes,especially for millimeter/sub-millimeter radio telescopes.This article introduces a new efficient laser angle metrology system for an active reflector antenna on large radio telescopes.Our experiments concentrate on developing an active reflector for improving the detection precisions and the maintenance of the surface shape in real time on the 65-meter prototype radio telescope constructed by Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (NIAOT; http://65m.shao.cas.cn/).The test results indicate that the accuracy of the surface shape segmentation and maintenance has the dimensions of microns,and the time-response can be on the order of minutes.Our efforts proved to be workable for sub-millimeter radio telescopes.

  7. Development of 30/20 GHz satellite antenna structures

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    Minomo, M.; Yasaka, T.

    1986-08-01

    An antenna structural design for a large capacity communication satellite using 13 beams in the 30/20GHz frequency bands is discussed. This design is to be utilized in developing a more cost effective domestic satellite communication system for Japan. This system requires 2 high precision deployable antennas with projected aperture diameters of 3.5m at 20GHz and 2.5m at 30GHz. The in-orbit demonstration will use the ETS-6 satellite. Based on experience in the development of spaceborne antennas for 30/20GHz bands (e.g., for the CS-2 and CS-3 satellites) activities in structural design of high precision deployable antennas show the truss reflector structure is promising for achieving required structural properties.

  8. Integrated Solar Panel Antennas for Cube Satellites

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    Mahmoud, Mahmoud N.

    2010-01-01

    This thesis work presents an innovative solution for small satellite antennas by integrating slot antennas and solar cells on the same panel to save small satellite surface real estate and to replace deployed wire antennas for certain operational frequencies. The two main advantages of the proposed antenna are: 1) the antenna does not require an expensive deployment mechanism that is required by dipole antennas; 2) the antenna does not occupy as much valuable surface real estate as patch ante...

  9. Integrated Solar Panel Antennas for Cube Satellites

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    Mahmoud, Mahmoud N.

    2010-01-01

    This thesis work presents an innovative solution for small satellite antennas by integrating slot antennas and solar cells on the same panel to save small satellite surface real estate and to replace deployed wire antennas for certain operational frequencies. The two main advantages of the proposed antenna are: 1) the antenna does not require an expensive deployment mechanism that is required by dipole antennas; 2) the antenna does not occupy as much valuable surface real estate as patch ante...

  10. Single and dual-Gregorian reflector antenna shaped beam far-field synthesis

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    Mehler, M. J.

    The direct far-field G.O. synthesis of shaped beam reflector antennas has recently been treated by Mehler, Tun and Adatia (1986). These authors use a synthesis technique which exploits complex coordinates and which is based on a method originally considered by Norris and Westcott (1976). They describe the synthesis of single reflector antennas which radiate both elliptical beams and European coverage patterns. Here this technique is extended to consider a class of dual reflector antennas which possess shaped main reflectors and conic subreflectors. An example is given of a Gregorian duel reflector antenna which radiates a cross-polar field significantly smaller than that radiated by single shaped reflector antennas. In addition, the behavior of the radiation pattern as a function of the reflector diameter is investigated.

  11. Analysis and Design of a New Shaped Spherical Reflector Antenna with a Horn Feed

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    LIN Yan; HUANG Bin; ZHU Quan-fu; YUAN Yuan

    2009-01-01

    A design method of a new shaped spherical reflector antenna with a horn feed for wide-angle scanning is presented, in which the horn's phase center need not be found out and its optimal position can be determined. It is found from numerical calculation that the shaped spherical reflector antenna has better electrical performance than that of the spherical reflector antenna, at the maximum gain value under the conditions of the same feed and reflector aperture, and can be used as a wide angle searching antenna.

  12. Conceptual Design of the Aluminum Reflector Antenna for DATE5

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    Qian, Yuan; Kan, Frank W.; Sarawit, Andrew T.; Lou, Zheng; Cheng, Jing-Quan; Wang, Hai-Ren; Zuo, Ying-Xi; Yang, Ji

    2016-08-01

    DATE5, a 5 m telescope for terahertz exploration, was proposed for acquiring observations at Dome A, Antarctica. In order to observe the terahertz spectrum, it is necessary to maintain high surface accuracy in the the antenna when it is exposed to Antarctic weather conditions. Structural analysis shows that both machined aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) panels can meet surface accuracy requirements. In this paper, one design concept based on aluminum panels is introduced. This includes panel layout, details on panel support, design of a CFRP backup structure, and detailed finite element analysis. Modal, gravity and thermal analysis are all performed and surface deformations of the main reflector are evaluated for all load cases. At the end of the paper, the manufacture of a prototype panel is also described. Based on these results, we found that using smaller aluminum reflector panels has the potential to meet the surface requirements in the harsh Dome A environment.

  13. Ultra wideband reflector antenna log-periodic feed with operating frequency range 1–20 GHz.

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    F. F. Dubrovka

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Results of modeling and optimization of electric characteristics of ultra wideband reflector antenna log-periodic feed, based on two log-periodic antennas array for operating over frequency range 1 -20 GHz, are presented.

  14. Application of the SWE-to-PWE antenna diagnostics technique to an offset reflector antenna

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    Cappellin, Cecilia; Frandsen, A; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2007-01-01

    A new antenna diagnostics technique has been developed for the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility at the Technical University of Denmark. The technique is based on the transformation of the Spherical Wave Expansion (SWE) of the radiated field, obtained from a spherical near...... will be detected in the antenna far-field pattern, and the accuracy and ability of the diagnostics technique to subsequently identify them will be investigated. Real measurement data will be employed for each test case....... measurement accuracy, have been reported previously, we validate here the new antenna diagnostics technique through an experimental investigation of a commercially available offset reflector antenna, where a tilt of the feed and surface distortions are intentionally introduced. The effects of these errors...

  15. Leaky-Wave Slot Array Antenna Fed by a Dual Reflector System

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    Maci, S.; Ettorre, M.; Neto, A.; Gerini, G.

    2008-01-01

    A leaky-wave slot array antenna fed by a dual offset Gregorian reflector system is realized by pins in a parallel plate waveguide. The radiating part of the antenna is composed by parallel slots etched on one side of the same parallel plate waveguide. The dual offset Gregorian reflector system is fe

  16. Optimization of a dielectric radome for a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.

    2001-01-01

    In the millimetre-wave range, cylindrical dielectric insertions are employed to support a subreflector and, at the same time, as a radome of a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna. Such a dielectric discontinuity can substantially degrade both matching and radiation characteristics of the antenna....... Until recently, the problem of optimization of a dielectric radome was solved experimentally due to a lack of methods that allow the VSWR of a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna to be calculated taking into account the dielectric insertions. This paper presents a numerical approach to select...... the parameters of a dielectric radome for a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna....

  17. Tilting A Small Reflector For Vernier Pointing Of A Large Antenna

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    Veruttipong, Watt; Bathker, Dan A.

    1995-01-01

    Simple vernier pointing technique devised to facilitate scanning beam pointing of large paraboloidal reflector so line of sight of antenna sweeps out narrow cone about fixed axis (conical scan, also known as "conscan" in art). Scan effected by one of relatively small beam-waveguide reflectors or mirrors that couple signals between antenna and distant transmitting and/or receiving electronic circuits. Easier to tilt small mirror than to tilt massive antenna structure.

  18. Hybrid Maritime Satellite Communication Antenna

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    Smith, Thomas Gunst

    Hybrid antennas for a maritime satellite communication terminal with simultaneous operation at L- and Ka-band have been investigated. The frequency bands of interest are 1; 525:0 1; 660:5 MHz (RX+TX, RHCP), 19:7 20:2 (RX, LHCP) and 29:5 30:0 GHz (TX, RHCP), which are all part of the Inmarsat BGAN...

  19. Dual-Band Feed for a Microwave Reflector Antenna

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    Hoppe, Daniel; Reilly, Harry

    2005-01-01

    A waveguide feed has been designed to provide specified illumination patterns for a dual-reflector antenna in two wavelength bands: 8 to 9 GHz and 30 to 40 GHz. The feed (see figure) has a coaxial configuration: A wider circular tube surrounds a narrower circular tube that serves as a waveguide for the signals in the 30-to-40-GHz band. The annular space between the narrower and the wider tube serves as a coaxial waveguide for the signals in the 8-to-9-GHz band. The nominal design frequencies of the outer and inner waveguides are 8.45 and 32 GHz, respectively. Each of the two waveguides is terminated in a component that is sized and shaped to help focus the radiation in its respective frequency band into the specified illumination pattern. For the outer waveguide, the beam-shaping termination is a corrugated horn; for the inner waveguide, the beam-shaping termination is a dielectric rod insert.

  20. Design and Analysis of HJ-1-C Satellite SAR Antenna

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    Zheng Shi-kun

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available With truss deployable mesh parabolic reflector, the HJ-1-C SAR antenna has complex structure and multiple steps during the deployed processing. The design of the antenna is difficult in terms of deployed reliability and electrical performance. This paper makes intensive research on system, structure and electrical design, and the analysis of mechanical and thermal performance in the actual space conditions is also presented. The successful deploying in orbit and high image quality of the HJ-1-C satellite indicate that the mechanical, electronic, thermal and reliability design of the antenna satisfy the project requirement, and these research provides valuable experience for the design of the centralized mesh parabolic SAR antenna.

  1. Vehicle antenna development for mobile satellite applications

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    Woo, K.

    1988-01-01

    The paper summarizes results of a vehicle antenna program at JPL in support of a developing U.S. mobile satellite services (MSS) designed to provide telephone and data services for the continental United States. Two classes of circularly polarized vehicle antennas have been considered for the MSS: medium-gain, satellite-tracking antennas with 10-12-dBic gain; and low-gain, azimuthally omnidirectional antennas with 3-5-dBic gain. The design and performance of these antennas are described, and the two antennas are shown to have peculiar advantages and disadvantages.

  2. NASA ACTS Multibeam Antenna (MBA) System. [Advanced Communications Technology Satellite

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    Choung, Youn H.; Stiles, W. Herschel; Wu, Joseph; Wong, William C.; Chen, C. Harry

    1986-01-01

    The design of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite MBA system, which provides both spot beam and scanning beam coverage to both high and low burst rates data-users is examined. The MBA consists of receive and transmit antennas installed on a common precision mounting platform that is integrated to the bus through three flexures; a lightweight system with low thermal distortion is obtained by using composite materials for the MBA structures. The RF design, which is a Cassegrain reflector with a large equivalent focal length/aperture size, is described. Consideration is given to the position of the feed in order to minimize scan loss and sidelobe levels, the size of the subreflector in order to minimize feed spillover, and antenna performance degradation caused by reflector surface distortion. Breadbroad model test result reveal that the maximum sidelobe level outside the 2.5 HPBW region is -30 dB or lower relative to the power.

  3. The electromagnetic problem of interpanel gaps in reflector antennas

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    Hüschelrath, Jens

    2005-07-01

    In recent years, the performance and quality of computer simulations grew constantly, together with the availability of high-performance computers. This also affected the area of antenna simulations where the possibility to analyze complex structures using a computer model became a fundamental tool for the design process. Having the means to assess precisely the performance of an antenna available before its final construction is inevitable for a cost-effective design and operation of an antenna today. The more detailed a computer model describes the real application, the better the predictions for the real performance will be. In order to obtain the highest level of complexity and accuracy that today's computers can achieve, more and more details are added to the simulation models. Concerning this matter, the European Space Agency (ESA) became interested in assessing the degradation added to the output patterns of reflector antennas when their surfaces are constructed by single panels, exhibiting gaps between them. Up to now the surfaces of such antennas were assumed to consist of single shaped surfaces to simplify the computations. It is the scope of this study to present the applications of interest for the analysis of interpanel gaps and to propose methods for solving the problem, that can be integrated into existing simulation codes. During the study, a canonical model is derived that is capable of computing highly accurate results in short time. Simulations based on this model are performed for different gap configurations, selected using the experience from real applications. It is shown that the simple canonical model for the gaps covers a wide range of real-world applications with high accuracy, but that it also has its limits. For applications with gap-configurations that are out-of-range to apply the simple model, solutions are indicated being valid for arbitrary gap-configurations, but being also more resources-consuming. The work presented is the

  4. Design and characteristics of a multiband communication satellite antenna system

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    Ueno, Kenji; Itanami, Takao; Kumazawa, Hiroyuki; Ohtomo, Isao

    1995-04-01

    Feasibility studies on a multiband communication satellite antenna system and the key technologies involved in devising this system are described. The proposed multiband communication satellite utilizes four frequency bands: Ka (30/20 GHz), Ku (14/12 GHz), C (6/4 GHz), and S (2.6/2.5 GHz). It has six beam configurations, three multibeam and three shaped-beam. The following key technologies are presented: (1) a low-loss frequency selective subreflector (FSR) for compact feeds, (2) a low-loss and broadband frequency selective surface (FSS), and (3) a highly accurate and reliable mesh reflector.

  5. The Effect of Boundary Support and Reflector Dimensions on Inflatable Parabolic Antenna Performance

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    Coleman, Michael J.; Baginski, Frank; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    2011-01-01

    For parabolic antennas with sufficient surface accuracy, more power can be radiated with a larger aperture size. This paper explores the performance of antennas of various size and reflector depth. The particular focus is on a large inflatable elastic antenna reflector that is supported about its perimeter by a set of elastic tendons and is subjected to a constant hydrostatic pressure. The surface accuracy of the antenna is measured by an RMS calculation, while the reflector phase error component of the efficiency is determined by computing the power density at boresight. In the analysis, the calculation of antenna efficiency is not based on the Ruze Equation. Hence, no assumption regarding the distribution of the reflector surface distortions is presumed. The reflector surface is modeled as an isotropic elastic membrane using a linear stress-strain constitutive relation. Three types of antenna reflector construction are considered: one molded to an ideal parabolic form and two different flat panel design patterns. The flat panel surfaces are constructed by seaming together panels in a manner that the desired parabolic shape is approximately attained after pressurization. Numerical solutions of the model problem are calculated under a variety of conditions in order to estimate the accuracy and efficiency of these antenna systems. In the case of the flat panel constructions, several different cutting patterns are analyzed in order to determine an optimal cutting strategy.

  6. Application of adaptive antenna techniques to future commercial satellite communication

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    Ersoy, L.; Lee, E. A.; Matthews, E. W.

    1987-01-01

    The purpose of this contract was to identify the application of adaptive antenna technique in future operational commercial satellite communication systems and to quantify potential benefits. The contract consisted of two major subtasks. Task 1, Assessment of Future Commercial Satellite System Requirements, was generally referred to as the Adaptive section. Task 2 dealt with Pointing Error Compensation Study for a Multiple Scanning/Fixed Spot Beam Reflector Antenna System and was referred to as the reconfigurable system. Each of these tasks was further sub-divided into smaller subtasks. It should also be noted that the reconfigurable system is usually defined as an open-loop system while the adaptive system is a closed-loop system. The differences between the open- and closed-loop systems were defined. Both the adaptive and reconfigurable systems were explained and the potential applications of such systems were presented in the context of commercial communication satellite systems.

  7. Multi-objective optimal sensor deployment for satellite antenna reflector%星载天线反射面传感器多目标优化部署方案

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    李文博; 王有懿; 赵志刚; 赵阳

    2012-01-01

    传感器数量和位置的优化部署,是实现大型星载天线在轨获取高精度模态参数亟待解决的关键技术.为克服以往研究中采用单一优化准则所带来的局限性和片面性,设计观测信息正交性最大和能量最大的双优化准则,引入NSGA -Ⅱ算法进行多目标传感器优化部署求解.考虑到该算法仅适合连续性优化变量,存在收敛速度及多样性保持方面的不足,对其在编码方式和遗传算子设计两方面进行改进,并给出所有指标权重组合且分布均匀的Pareto最优解集.设计四种优化方案,进行仿真比较可得:基于改进NSGA -II算法的星载天线传感器多目标优化部署方案,较其他三种方案在性能指标上更优,且该方案更加符合实际工程的多指标优化设计要求,保证优化结果具有更高的灵活性和适应性.%To determine the number and locations of deployed sensors is the key technology to be solved for obtaining high precision modal parameters of large satellite antenna reflector on-orbit. To Bvoid the limitations and one-sidedness of single-objective criterion used in previous research work, the double-objective criterions were designed, which contain the largest orthogonality and the highest vibration energy of observed signals. NSGA- II algorithm was introduced in salving multi-objective optimization problem of sensor deployment. Considering the limitation that only continuous variables can be applicable and the deficiencies in convergence speed and diversity holding of NSGA-1, the coding and genetic operators were improved. Comparing the results of four cases with different single-objective and multi-objective criterions, the solutions based on improved NSGA- D are the best among these four cases according to all indicators, which are of greater flexibility and adaptability and can obtain the uniform distributed Pareto solution set, including all weight combinations of muki objectives. It can more

  8. Effect of disc reflectors on radiation impedance of short-backfire antenna

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    Marougi, S. D.

    1982-02-01

    Using near-field analysis, the influence of large and small disc reflectors used in short-backfire antennas on the radiation impedance of a dipole feed element has been investigated. The effect of each reflector is evaluated separately, and the overall change in the radiation impedance of the dipole is predicted.

  9. Parametric Study of Cylindrical Dielectric Resonator Antenna (CDRA Feeder with Symmetric Parabolic Reflector

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    S.M. Ali

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study a parabolic reflector antenna is designed and fabricated for IEEE 802.11a WLAN application. Initially, a single element circular tuning slot coupled Cylindrical Dielectric Resonator Antenna (CDRA feeder is designed and fabricated for a symmetric parabolic reflector. Subsequently, the designed feeder is integrated at the focal point of the parabolic reflector to provide unidirectional radiation pattern with improved gain and sidelobe levels. The measured fractional impedance bandwidth achieved for the proposed antenna is 1.8% for S11<-10 dB from 5.32 to 5.52 GHz. A radiation pattern with broadside radiation and low back radiation has been obtained. A good measurement gain of approximately 13 dB is achieved over the bandwidth by placing CDRA feeder at the focal point of the parabolic reflector. In addition, a comprehensive parametric study has been conducted to realize the effect of slot size and position on the resonance frequency of the designed feeder. Furthermore, a parametric study of various reflector parameters has also been performed to study the effect of size, depth and focal point of the parabolic reflector on gain of the antenna. Important design factors have been identified from the parametric study of the antenna. The experimental and measured results show that the designed antenna is suitable for IEEE WLAN 802.11a wireless application.

  10. The DESDynI Synthetic Aperture Radar Array-Fed Reflector Antenna

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    Chamberlain, Neil; Ghaemi, Hirad; Giersch, Louis; Harcke, Leif; Hodges, Richard; Hoffman, James; Johnson, William; Jordan, Rolando; Khayatian, Behrouz; Rosen, Paul; Sadowy, Gregory; Shaffer, Scott; Shen, Yuhsyen; Veilleux, Louise; Wu, Patrick

    2010-01-01

    DESDynI is a mission being developed by NASA with radar and lidar instruments for Earth-orbit remote sensing. This paper focuses on the design of a largeaperture antenna for the radar instrument. The antenna comprises a deployable reflector antenna and an active switched array of patch elements fed by transmit/ receive modules. The antenna and radar architecture facilitates a new mode of synthetic aperture radar imaging called 'SweepSAR'. A system-level description of the antenna is provided, along with predictions of antenna performance.

  11. A New Reflector Antenna Based on the Fresnel Principle

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    DUHui-ping

    2001-01-01

    A new type of reflector antenne is proposed, which applies the 1-D Fresnel zone phase correction to the classical parabolic cylindrical reflector, providing an alternative to the dval parabolic cylindrical ones discussed by Sanad and Shafai[1].The focusing characteristics of the new reflector are analyzed by physical optics method, and numerical results are illustrated to evaluate its applicability.

  12. A New Reflector Antenna Based on the Fresnel Principle

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    2001-01-01

    A new type of reflector antenne is proposed, which applies the 1-D Fresnel zone phase correction to the classical parabolic cylindrical reflector, providing an alternative to the dual parabolic cylindrical ones discussed by Sanad and Shafai[1]. The focusing characteristics of the new reflector are analyzed by physical optics method, and numerical results are illustrated to evaluate its applicability.

  13. Microstrip Yagi array antenna for mobile satellite vehicle application

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    Huang, John; Densmore, Arthur C.

    1991-01-01

    A novel antenna structure formed by combining the Yagi-Uda array concept and the microstrip radiator technique is discussed. This antenna, called the microstrip Yagi array, has been developed for the mobile satellite (MSAT) system as a low-profile, low-cost, and mechanically steered medium-gain land-vehicle antenna. With the antenna's active patches (driven elements) and parasitic patches (reflector and director elements) located on the same horizontal plane, the main beam of the array can be tilted, by the effect of mutual coupling, in the elevation direction providing optimal coverage for users in the continental United States. Because the parasitic patches are not connected to any of the lossy RF power distributing circuit the antenna is an efficient radiating system. With the complete monopulse beamforming and power distributing circuits etched on a single thin stripline board underneath the microstrip Yagi array, the overall L-band antenna system has achieved a very low profile for vehicle's rooftop mounting, as well as a low manufacturing cost. Experimental results demonstrate the performance of this antenna.

  14. Mobile satellite communications - Vehicle antenna technology update

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    Bell, D.; Naderi, F. M.

    1986-01-01

    This paper discusses options for vehicle antennas to be used in mobile satellite communications systems. Two types of antennas are identified. A non-steerable, azimuthally omnidirectional antenna with a modest gain of 3 to 5 dBi is suggested when a low cost is desired. Alternatively, mechanically or electronically steerable antennas with a higher gain of 10 to 12 dBi are suggested to alleviate power and spectrum scarcity associated with mobile satellite communications. For steerable antennas, both open-loop and closed-loop pointing schemes are discussed. Monopulse and sequential lobing are proposed for the mechanically steered and electronically steered antennas, respectively. This paper suggests a hybrid open-loop/closed-loop pointing technique as the best performer in the mobile satellite environment.

  15. Computational Electromagnetic Studies for Low-Frequency Compensation of the Reflector Impulse-radiating Antenna

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    2015-03-26

    VHF antennas are character- 3 ized by physically large and unwieldy, or highly resonant structures that exhibit the ring-down effect previously...noise radar. • Multiple Resonance Antennas. These are antennas formed of multiple narrow-band radiating elements, each covering a portion of the desired...reflector, which is intended to suppress spurious currents and reduce the late-time response. The typical conically symmetric feed structure in a realized

  16. Land vehicle antennas for satellite mobile communications

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    Haddad, H. A.; Pieper, B. V.; Mckenna, D. B.

    1985-01-01

    The RF performance, size, pointing system, and cost were investigated concepts are: for a mechanically steered 1 x 4 tilted microstrip array, a mechanically steered fixed-beam conformal array, and an electronically steered conformal phased array. Emphasis is on the RF performance of the tilted 1 x 4 antenna array and methods for pointing the various antennas studied to a geosynchronous satellite. An updated version of satellite isolations in a two-satellite system is presented. Cost estimates for the antennas in quantities of 10,000 and 100,000 unites are summarized.

  17. An investigation into shape and vibration control of space antenna reflectors

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    Susheel, C. K.; Kumar, Rajeev; Chauhan, Vishal S.

    2016-12-01

    A study into the shape and active vibration control of antenna reflectors, an important member of the space structures, is carried out in this paper. Geometric nonlinear analysis is considered for performance evaluation of antenna reflectors, as very high precision is an important aspect of space structures. An effort has been made to demonstrate the importance of functionally graded materials in space structures. Piezolaminated structures have been used for shape and vibration control applications for many years. However, due to the problems like debonding and delamination, the reliability of these materials in space structures is still uncertain. To overcome these problems, patches made of functionally graded piezoelectric material (FGPM) are used for shape and vibration control of antenna reflectors in this investigation. FGPM patches are also used to demonstrate the beam-shaping and beam-steering application of antenna reflectors. For the active vibration control application, a fuzzy-logic controller (FLC) is designed and validated with the experimental results. An experimental study has been conducted for comparing the performance of different controllers in the context of vibration reduction. The FLC is then used for active vibration control of an antenna reflector under the application of thermal impact and sinusoidal loading.

  18. Stochastic and sensitivity analysis of shape error of inflatable antenna reflectors

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    San, Bingbing; Yang, Qingshan; Yin, Liwei

    2017-03-01

    Inflatable antennas are promising candidates to realize future satellite communications and space observations since they are lightweight, low-cost and small-packaged-volume. However, due to their high flexibility, inflatable reflectors are difficult to manufacture accurately, which may result in undesirable shape errors, and thus affect their performance negatively. In this paper, the stochastic characteristics of shape errors induced during manufacturing process are investigated using Latin hypercube sampling coupled with manufacture simulations. Four main random error sources are involved, including errors in membrane thickness, errors in elastic modulus of membrane, boundary deviations and pressure variations. Using regression and correlation analysis, a global sensitivity study is conducted to rank the importance of these error sources. This global sensitivity analysis is novel in that it can take into account the random variation and the interaction between error sources. Analyses are parametrically carried out with various focal-length-to-diameter ratios (F/D) and aperture sizes (D) of reflectors to investigate their effects on significance ranking of error sources. The research reveals that RMS (Root Mean Square) of shape error is a random quantity with an exponent probability distribution and features great dispersion; with the increase of F/D and D, both mean value and standard deviation of shape errors are increased; in the proposed range, the significance ranking of error sources is independent of F/D and D; boundary deviation imposes the greatest effect with a much higher weight than the others; pressure variation ranks the second; error in thickness and elastic modulus of membrane ranks the last with very close sensitivities to pressure variation. Finally, suggestions are given for the control of the shape accuracy of reflectors and allowable values of error sources are proposed from the perspective of reliability.

  19. Electrical performance verification methodology for large reflector antennas: based on the P-band SAR payload of the ESA BIOMASS candidate mission

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Nielsen, Jeppe Majlund;

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, an electrical performance verification methodology for large reflector antennas is proposed. The verification methodology was developed for the BIOMASS P-band (435 MHz) synthetic aperture radar (SAR), but can be applied to other large deployable or fixed reflector antennas for which...... the verification of the entire antenna or payload is impossible. The two-step methodology is based on accurate measurement of the feed structure characteristics, such as complex radiation pattern and radiation efficiency, with an appropriate Measurement technique, and then accurate calculation of the radiation...... pattern and gain of the entire antenna including support and satellite structure with an appropriate computational software. A preliminary investigation of the proposed methodology was carried out by performing extensive simulations of different verification approaches. The experimental validation...

  20. Millimeter-wave double-dipole antennas for high-gain integrated reflector illumination

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    Filipovic, Daniel F.; Ali-Ahmad, Walid Y.; Rebeiz, Gabriel M.

    1992-05-01

    A double-dipole antenna backed by a ground plane has been fabricated for submillimeter wavelengths. The double-dipole antenna is integrated on a thin dielectric membrane with a planar detector at its center. Measured feed patterns at 246 GHz agree well with theory and demonstrate a rotationally symmetric pattern with high coupling efficiency to Gaussian beams. The input impedance is around 50 ohms, and will match well to a Schottky diode or SIS detector. The double-dipole antenna served as the feed for a small machined parabolic reflector. The integrated reflector had a measured gain of 37 dB at 119 microns. This makes the double-dipole antenna ideally suited as a feed for high resolution tracking or for long focal length Cassegrain antenna systems.

  1. The paraboloidal reflector antenna in radio astronomy and communication theory and practice

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    Baars, Jacob W M

    2007-01-01

    Reflector antennas are widely used in the microwave and millimeter wavelength domain. Radio astronomers have developed techniques of calibration of large antennas with radio astronomical methods. These have not been comprehensively described. This text aims to fill this gap. The Paraboloidal Reflector Antenna in Radio Astronomy and Communication: Theory and Practice takes a practical approach to the characterization of antennas. All calculations and results in the form of tables and figures have been made with Mathematica by Wolfram Research. The reader can use the procedures for the implementation of his/her own input data. The book should be of use to all who are involved in the design and calibration of large antennas, like ground station managers and engineers, practicing radio astronomers, and finally, graduate students in radio astronomy and communication technology.

  2. Nonlinear Structural Analysis Methodology and Dynamics Scaling of Inflatable Parabolic Reflector Antenna Concepts

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    Sreekantamurthy, Tham; Gaspar, James L.; Mann, Troy; Behun, Vaughn; Pearson, James C., Jr.; Scarborough, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    Ultra-light weight and ultra-thin membrane inflatable antenna concepts are fast evolving to become the state-of-the-art antenna concepts for deep-space applications. NASA Langley Research Center has been involved in the structural dynamics research on antenna structures. One of the goals of the research is to develop structural analysis methodology for prediction of the static and dynamic response characteristics of the inflatable antenna concepts. This research is focused on the computational studies to use nonlinear large deformation finite element analysis to characterize the ultra-thin membrane responses of the antennas. Recently, structural analyses have been performed on a few parabolic reflector antennas of varying size and shape, which are referred in the paper as 0.3 meters subscale, 2 meters half-scale, and 4 meters full-scale antenna. The various aspects studied included nonlinear analysis methodology and solution techniques, ways to speed convergence in iterative methods, the sensitivities of responses with respect to structural loads, such as inflation pressure, gravity, and pretension loads in the ground and in-space conditions, and the ultra-thin membrane wrinkling characteristics. Several such intrinsic aspects studied have provided valuable insight into evaluation of structural characteristics of such antennas. While analyzing these structural characteristics, a quick study was also made to assess the applicability of dynamics scaling of the half-scale antenna. This paper presents the details of the nonlinear structural analysis results, and discusses the insight gained from the studies on the various intrinsic aspects of the analysis methodology. The predicted reflector surface characteristics of the three inflatable ultra-thin membrane parabolic reflector antenna concepts are presented as easily observable displacement fringe patterns with associated maximum values, and normal mode shapes and associated frequencies. Wrinkling patterns are

  3. Thermomechanical analysis of large deployable space reflector antenna

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    Ponomarev Viktor S.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article results of large reflector thermal condition forecast using modern numerical simulation methods are presented. The results of thermal analysis are complemented with stress-strain analysis results of the whole structure under thermal loads.

  4. Design and Performance Analysis of a C Band Micro-strip Patch Feed Reflector Antenna and Link Budget Optimization

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    Sanjida Sharmin Mohona

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the design and performance analysis of a very small size, low-cost, lowprofile, high gain and high directivity C Band Micro strip Patch Feed Reflector Antenna considering the link budget optimization. The proposed antenna system has a gain of -4.45dB, directivity of 7.062dBi, return loss of - 16.817327dB at 5.532 GHz and -15.998dB at 6.532GHz, Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR of 1.338 at 5.5302GHz and 1.3766 at 6.5309 GHz, at C band it operates in two regions with bandwidth of 184MHz (5.4431 to 5.6275GHz and 422MHz (6.3356 to 6.7576 GHz. The resonant frequencies of the antenna are 5.532GHzand 6.532GHz. The proposed antenna system can be used for C-band like satellite communications transmissions, VSAT, Wi-Fi, weather radar systems, medical applications and other wireless systems. The antenna system is designed and simulated in the CST Microwave Studio. Link budget optimization is performed in order to analyze the critical factors in the transmission chain and to optimize the performance characteristics. The link budget determines what size antenna is to use, power requirements and in general, the overall customer satisfaction.

  5. Control of antenna-feed attitude and reflector vibrations in large spaceborne antennas by mechanical decoupling and movable dampers

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    Wang, P. K. C.; Hong, E. C.; Sarina, J. S.

    1983-07-01

    Simple, practical methods for damping reflector vibrations and designing antenna-feed attitude control systems in large deployable spaceborne antennas are proposed. The former involves a movable damper which is positioned so that the rate-of-change of total vibrational energy is minimized. The latter introduces a mechanical decoupler between the flexible boom and the antenna-feed, whereby the feed-attitude control system can be designed independent of boom dynamics. The validity of these approaches are substantiated by analytical studies, computer simulation, and experimental studies.

  6. A multifunctional solar panel antenna for cube satellites

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    Fawole, Olutosin C.

    The basic cube satellite (CubeSat) is a modern small satellite that has a standard size of about one liter (the 1U CubeSat). Three 1U CubeSats could be stacked to form a 3U CubeSat. Their low-cost, short development time, and ease of deployment make CubeSats popular for space research, geographical information gathering, and communication applications. An antenna is a key part of the CubeSat communication subsystem. Traditionally, antennas used on CubeSats are wrapped-up wire dipole antennas, which are deployed after satellite launch. Another antenna type used on CubeSats is the patch antenna. In addition to their low gain and efficiency, deployable dipole antennas may also fail to deploy on satellite launch. On the other hand, a solid patch antenna will compete for space with solar cells when placed on a CubeSat face, interfering with satellite power generation. Slot antennas are promising alternatives to dipole and patch antennas on CubeSats. When excited, a thin slot aperture etched on a conductive sheet (ground plane) is an efficient bidirectional radiator. This open slot antenna can be backed by a reflector or cavity for unidirectional radiation, and solar cells can be placed in spaces on the ground plane not occupied by the slot. The large surface areas of 3U CubeSats can be exploited for a multifunctional antenna by integrating multiple thin slot radiators, which are backed by a thin cavity on the CubeSat surfaces. Solar cells can then be integrated on the antenna surface. Polarization diversity and frequency diversity improve the overall performance of a communication system. Having a single radiating structure that could provide these diversities is desired. It has been demonstrated that when a probe excites a square cavity with two unequal length crossed-slots, the differential radiation from the two slots combines in the far-field to yield circular polarization. In addition, it has been shown that two equal-length proximal slots, when both fed with a

  7. Scanning properties of large dual-shaped offset and symmetric reflector antennas

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    Galindo-Israel, Victor; Veruttipong, Watt; Norrod, Roger D.; Imbriale, William A.

    1992-01-01

    Several characteristics of dual offset (DOSR) and symmetric shaped reflectors are examined. Among these is the amelioration of the added cost of manufacturing a shaped reflector antenna, particularly a doubly curved surface for the DOSR, if adjustable panels, which may be necessary for correction of gravity and wind distortions, are also used for improving gain by shaping. The scanning properties of shaped reflectors, both offset and circularly symmetric, are examined and compared to conic section scanning characteristics. Scanning of the pencil beam is obtained by lateral and axial translation of a single point-source feed. The feed is kept pointed toward the center of the subreflector. The effects of power spillover and aperture phase error as a function of beam scanning is examined for several different types of large reflector designs including DOSR, circularly symmetric large f/D and smaller f/D dual reflector antenna systems. It is graphically illustrated that the Abbe-sine condition for improving scanning of an optical system cannot, inherently, be satisfied in a dual-shaped reflector system shaped for high gain and low feed spillover.

  8. Scanning spherical tri-reflector antenna with a moving flat mirror

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    Shen, Bing; Stutzman, Warren L.

    1995-03-01

    Spherical reflector systems can achieve pattern scanning without rotation of the main reflector through the use of multiple subreflectors that can move. Also, two subreflectors can be shaped to correct for spherical aberration and to control the aperture distribution on the spherical main reflector. In a previous paper we introduced a method that offers both aperture phase and intensity control and scans the main beam without an accompanying movement of the illuminated area over main reflector. The method can overcome the poor aperture utilization problem common in spherical reflector antenna systems; however, it requires motion of the entire subreflector system, including the feed, during scan. In this paper we discuss a method that does not require motion of the subreflector system during scan. This method employs a flat mirror that creates a virtual image of the subreflector system. The motion of the subreflector system in the previous design is replaced by the motion of the virtual image that is controlled by the motion of the flat mirror. The new design offers simplified mechanical motion, while maintaining beam efficiency performance comparable to that of traditional spherical tri-reflector scanning antennas, but with some sacrifice in aperture efficiency and cross-polarization performance.

  9. On-ground electrical performance verification strategies for large deployable reflector antennas

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav;

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, possible verification strategies for large deployable reflector antennas are reviewed and analysed. One of the approaches considered to be the most feasible and promising is based on measurements of the feed characteristics, such as pattern and gain, and then calculation of the ove...

  10. Simulation modeling of functional adaptive interference nulling for multibeam hybrid reflector antenna systems

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    Kartsan, I. N.; Tyapkin, V. N.; Dmitriev, D. D.; Goncharov, A. E.; Zelenkov, P. V.; Kovalev, I. V.

    2016-11-01

    This paper considers the simulation of adaptive nulling mechanism patterns in hybrid reflector antenna systems with a 19-element feed element, in which the radiation pattern is formed as a cluster. Incidents of broadband and narrowband interference are studied in the article.

  11. Exact mesh shape design of large cable-network antenna reflectors with flexible ring truss supports

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    Liu, Wang; Li, Dong-Xu; Yu, Xin-Zhan; Jiang, Jian-Ping

    2014-04-01

    An exact-designed mesh shape with favorable surface accuracy is of practical significance to the performance of large cable-network antenna reflectors. In this study, a novel design approach that could guide the generation of exact spatial parabolic mesh configurations of such reflector was proposed. By incorporating the traditional force density method with the standard finite element method, this proposed approach had taken the deformation effects of flexible ring truss supports into consideration, and searched for the desired mesh shapes that can satisfy the requirement that all the free nodes are exactly located on the objective paraboloid. Compared with the conventional design method, a remarkable improvement of surface accuracy in the obtained mesh shapes had been demonstrated by numerical examples. The present work would provide a helpful technical reference for the mesh shape design of such cable-network antenna reflector in engineering practice. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  12. A New Method of Designing Circularly Symmetric Shaped Dual Reflector Antennas Using Distorted Conics

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    Mohammad Asif Zaman

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method of designing circularly symmetric shaped dual reflector antennas using distorted conics is presented. The surface of the shaped subreflector is expressed using a new set of equations employing differential geometry. The proposed equations require only a small number of parameters to accurately describe practical shaped subreflector surfaces. A geometrical optics (GO based method is used to synthesize the shaped main reflector surface corresponding to the shaped subreflector. Using the proposed method, a shaped Cassegrain dual reflector system is designed. The field scattered from the subreflector is calculated using uniform geometrical theory of diffraction (UTD. Finally, a numerical example is provided showing how a shaped subreflector produces more uniform illumination over the main reflector aperture compared to an unshaped subreflector.

  13. Design optimization studies for large-scale contoured beam deployable satellite antennas

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    Tanaka, Hiroaki

    2006-05-01

    Satellite communications systems over the past two decades have become more sophisticated and evolved new applications that require much higher flux densities. These new requirements to provide high data rate services to very small user terminals have in turn led to the need for large aperture space antenna systems with higher gain. Conventional parabolic reflectors constructed of metal have become, over time, too massive to support these new missions in a cost effective manner and also have posed problems of fitting within the constrained volume of launch vehicles. Designers of new space antenna systems have thus begun to explore new design options. These design options for advanced space communications networks include such alternatives as inflatable antennas using polyimide materials, antennas constructed of piezo-electric materials, phased array antenna systems (especially in the EHF bands) and deployable antenna systems constructed of wire mesh or cabling systems. This article updates studies being conducted in Japan of such deployable space antenna systems [H. Tanaka, M.C. Natori, Shape control of space antennas consisting of cable networks, Acta Astronautica 55 (2004) 519-527]. In particular, this study shows how the design of such large-scale deployable antenna systems can be optimized based on various factors including the frequency bands to be employed with such innovative reflector design. In particular, this study investigates how contoured beam space antennas can be effective by constructed out of so-called cable networks or mesh-like reflectors. This design can be accomplished via "plane wave synthesis" and by the "force density method" and then to iterate the design to achieve the optimum solution. We have concluded that the best design is achieved by plane wave synthesis. Further, we demonstrate that the nodes on the reflector are best determined by a pseudo-inverse calculation of the matrix that can be interpolated so as to achieve the minimum

  14. Integrated Thermal-structural-electromagnetic Design Optimization of Large Space Antenna Reflectors

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    Adelman, H. M.; Padula, S. L.

    1986-01-01

    The requirements for low mass and high electromagnetic (EM) performance in large, flexible space antenna structures is motivating the development of a systematic procedure for antenna design. In contrast to previous work which concentrated on reducing rms distortions of the reflector surface, thereby indirectly increasing antenna performance, the current work involves a direct approach to increasing electromagnetic performance using mathematical optimization. The thermal, structural, and EM analyses are fully integrated in the context of an optimization procedure, and consequently, the interaction of the various responses is accounted for directly and automatically. Preliminary results are presented for sizing cross-sectional areas of a tetrahedral truss reflector. The results indicate potential for this integrated procedure from the standpoint of mass reduction, performance increase, and efficiency of the design process.

  15. Satellite antenna layout and optimization in electromagnetic compatibility design

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    Zhang, Jinshuo; Xie, Shuguo; Liu, Yan

    2009-12-01

    This paper firstly analyzes the main factors that impact the layout of satellite antenna. The uniform geometrical theory of diffraction (UTD) is used to establish mathematical model for calculating the coupling of satellite antenna, and set up the objective function of the placement optimization. The genetic algorithm incorporating high-frequency simulation to minimize antenna coupling by optimally positioning satellite antenna is described in detail. The results of antenna placement on a realistic satellite show that this method is effective in the optimal design of satellite antenna layout for the purpose of electromagnetic compatibility.

  16. Multiplexed Cassegrain Reflector Antenna for Simultaneous Generation of Three Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) Modes

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    Byun, Woo Jin; Kim, Kwang Seon; Kim, Bong Su; Lee, Young Seung; Song, Myung Sun; Choi, Hyung Do; Cho, Yong Heui

    2016-06-01

    A multiplexed Cassegrain reflector antenna with a 2 × 2 open-ended rectangular waveguide (OERW) matrix feed and an orbital angular momentum (OAM) mode mux is proposed for the simultaneous generation of three OAM modes (l = 0, ±1). The OAM mode mux (OMM) was designed using sequential combinations of quadrature hybrids, crossovers, and phase shifters to multiplex and demultiplex three OAM modes at the same time. The 2 × 2 OERW matrix feed and the OMM were separately measured and their performances were verified according to proposed theories. A near-field antenna measurement for a multiplexed Cassegrain reflector antenna was conducted to obtain the far-field magnitude and phase patterns around polar elevation angle θ and azimuthal angle ϕ, thus confirming that our antenna can produce three OAM modes simultaneously. We also measured the communication link characteristics of two identical multiplexed antennas. The measurement results show that the channel isolation of three OAM modes is more than 12.7 [dB] and 17 [dB] for fixed and compensated receiver positions, respectively, indicating that the proposed antenna system can be used for independent communication links with the same frequency and polarisation.

  17. Multiplexed Cassegrain Reflector Antenna for Simultaneous Generation of Three Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) Modes.

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    Byun, Woo Jin; Kim, Kwang Seon; Kim, Bong Su; Lee, Young Seung; Song, Myung Sun; Choi, Hyung Do; Cho, Yong Heui

    2016-06-02

    A multiplexed Cassegrain reflector antenna with a 2 × 2 open-ended rectangular waveguide (OERW) matrix feed and an orbital angular momentum (OAM) mode mux is proposed for the simultaneous generation of three OAM modes (l = 0, ±1). The OAM mode mux (OMM) was designed using sequential combinations of quadrature hybrids, crossovers, and phase shifters to multiplex and demultiplex three OAM modes at the same time. The 2 × 2 OERW matrix feed and the OMM were separately measured and their performances were verified according to proposed theories. A near-field antenna measurement for a multiplexed Cassegrain reflector antenna was conducted to obtain the far-field magnitude and phase patterns around polar elevation angle θ and azimuthal angle ϕ, thus confirming that our antenna can produce three OAM modes simultaneously. We also measured the communication link characteristics of two identical multiplexed antennas. The measurement results show that the channel isolation of three OAM modes is more than 12.7 [dB] and 17 [dB] for fixed and compensated receiver positions, respectively, indicating that the proposed antenna system can be used for independent communication links with the same frequency and polarisation.

  18. Structural-electromagnetic bidirectional coupling analysis of space large film reflector antennas

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    Zhang, Xinghua; Zhang, Shuxin; Cheng, ZhengAi; Duan, Baoyan; Yang, Chen; Li, Meng; Hou, Xinbin; Li, Xun

    2017-10-01

    As used for energy transmission, a space large film reflector antenna (SLFRA) is characterized by large size and enduring high power density. The structural flexibility and the microwave radiation pressure (MRP) will lead to the phenomenon of structural-electromagnetic bidirectional coupling (SEBC). In this paper, the SEBC model of SLFRA is presented, then the deformation induced by the MRP and the corresponding far field pattern deterioration are simulated. Results show that, the direction of the MRP is identical to the normal of the reflector surface, and the magnitude is proportional to the power density and the square of cosine incident angle. For a typical cosine function distributed electric field, the MRP is a square of cosine distributed across the diameter. The maximum deflections of SLFRA linearly increase with the increasing microwave power densities and the square of the reflector diameters, and vary inversely with the film thicknesses. When the reflector diameter becomes 100 m large and the microwave power density exceeds 102 W/cm2, the gain loss of the 6.3 μm-thick reflector goes beyond 0.75 dB. When the MRP-induced deflection degrades the reflector performance, the SEBC should be taken into account.

  19. Application of the SWE-to-PWE antenna diagnostics technique to an offset reflector antenna

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    Cappellin, Cecilia; Frandsen, Aksel; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2008-01-01

    Electrical and mechanical errors in an antenna may seriously affect the antenna's performance. Although their presence is usually detected by anomalies in the antenna's far-field pattern, their identification is normally possible only through an analysis of the antenna's extreme near field. The r...

  20. Dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna for MMDS base stations

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.

    1999-01-01

    Multichannel Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS) along with cable net represent the most convenient way to distribute TV and radio signals over a small area. Asynchronous access to the Inter-net can also be realized via MMDS. MMDS base-stations, covering a circle area, employ antennas, that produce omnidirectional radiation patterns in the azimuth plane. Common methods of achieving a uniform azimuth distribution are using arrays of surface slots on a circular or coaxial waveguide, arrays of...

  1. Design of Wideband Printed Antenna Array in Corner Reflector with Cosecant Square-Shaped Beam Pattern

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    M. Milijić

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a wideband printed antenna array with a cosecant square-shaped beam pattern. The array is with four symmetrical pentagonal dipoles as radiating elements operating at the second resonance. The apex of the corner reflector is at a distance λ0/2 from antenna array. Orchard Elliott’s methods and genetic algorithm are used for synthesizing the proposed antenna. A symmetrical tapered feed network of impedance transformers enables a required distribution. Simulated and measured results show that proposed antenna model has a 15 dBi gain and side lobe suppression around 20 dB in E-plane at the frequency of 10 GHz.

  2. Electromagnetic performance analysis of reflector antennas with non-uniform errors along radius

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    Peiyuan Lian; Congsi Wang; Wei Wang; Binbin Xiang

    2016-01-01

    Based on the works of Greve and Rahmat-Sami , the electromagnetic (EM) performance of the reflector antenna with non-uniform surface errors along radius is further addressed. A mathematical model is developed to describe the weighting func-tion for the non-uniform surface errors along radius. Then, some discussions on the peak gain loss (PGL) and the first sidelobe level increase (SLLI) caused by the non-uniform surface errors are presented and several significant radiation characteristics of the reflector with non-uniform errors are pointed out. Last, based on the proposed model, the weighted root mean square (RMS) value of the surface errors is produced to evaluate the EM performance and several representative cases with different non-uniform errors are presented with good results. Results show that the weighted RMS value should be taken into account for a better quality evalu-ation of the reflector surface.

  3. Phased Array Transmit Antenna for a Satellite

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    Huggins, R. W.; Heisen, P. T.; Miller, G. E.; McMeen, D. J.; Perko, K. L.

    1999-01-01

    Active phased array antennas with electronically scanned beams offer advantages over high gain parabolic dish antennas currently used on spacecraft. Benefits include the elimination of deployable structures, no moving parts, and no torque disturbances that moving antennas impart to the spacecraft. The latter results in the conservation of spacecraft power, and the ability to take precision optical data while transmitting data. Such an antenna has been built under a contract from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the New Millennium Program EO- 1 satellite where it will act as the primary highspeed scientific data communication link. The antenna operates at X-band, has an integral controller and power conditioner, communicates with the spacecraft over a 1773 optical data bus, and is space qualified for low earth orbit (705 Km altitude). The nominal mission length is one year, and the operational requirement is for one 10 minute transmission a day over Spitsbergen, Norway. Details of the antenna and its performance will be described in the following paper.

  4. A Planar Reconfigurable Radiation Pattern Dipole Antenna with Reflectors and Directors for Wireless Communication Applications

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    Imen Ben Trad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A planar printed dipole antenna with reflectors and directors, able to steer its radiation pattern in different directions, is proposed for telecommunication applications. Starting from a dual-beam printed dipole antenna achieved by combining two elementary dipoles back to back, and by loading four PIN diodes, three modes of reconfigurable radiation patterns are achieved at the frequency 2.56 GHz thanks to switches states. A prototype of the structure was realized and characterized; an efficiency of 75% is obtained. Simulation and measured results of the results are presented and discussed.

  5. On a Monopulse Ring-Focus Shaped ReflectorAntenna with Arbitrary Polarization

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    2002-01-01

    The near-field distribution and far-field pattern of a monopulse ring-focus shaped reflector antenna are studied. The four-fold integral appearing in the formulation by using PO method is converted into a triple integral for the near-field case and a double integral for the far-field case by applying the Fourier series expansion. Good agreements have been achieved between theoretical and experimental results.

  6. Numerical and Experimental Estimation of Heat Conductivity for Space Antenna Reflector Material

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    Denisov Oleg V.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This article devoted for experimental method of contact heating thin carbon plates. Thermal tests provided non-stationary temperature field with gradient, which is co-directional plane reinforcement in sample. New plane reinforcement thermal conductivity data were obtained within temperature gap between 295 and 375 K. Modern thermal conductivity data could be applied for development projects of space precision antenna reflectors.

  7. Design of Symmetrical Beam Triple-Aperture Waveguide Antenna for Primary Feed of Reflector

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    Kanawat Nuangwongsa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This research presents a triple-aperture waveguide antenna as the primary feed of parabolic reflectors. The proposed antenna is able to rectify the asymmetry and also achieve a symmetrical unidirectional beam through the application of two parasitic coupling apertures. The design of the antenna is that of a rectangular waveguide (radiating aperture vertically jointed to the two coupling apertures of the same measurement widthwise (i.e., one stacked on top and the other underneath to achieve the symmetrical beam. The rectangular waveguide is 97.60 mm and 46.80 mm in width (a and height (b, respectively, to propagate the WLAN frequency band of 2.412–2.484 GHz. Simulations were carried out to determine the optimal antenna parameters and an antenna prototype was subsequently fabricated and tested. The simulated beamwidths in the E- and H-planes at -3 dB were equally 67° (i.e., 67° for both the E- and H-planes and at -10 dB also equally 137°, while the measured results at -3 dB were equally 65° and at -10 dB equally 135°. The simulation and measured results are thus in good agreement. The simulated and measured antenna gains are, respectively, 8.25 dBi and 9.17 dBi. The findings validate the applicability of the antenna as the prime feed for rotationally symmetric parabolic reflectors.

  8. 30/20 GHz communications satellite multibeam antenna

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    Scott, W. G.; Luh, H. S.; Smoll, A. E.; Matthews, E. W.

    1982-01-01

    A 20 GHz downlink satellite antenna design is described. The aperture simultaneously radiates 18 fixed, 0.3 deg width pencil beams directed at 18 cities distributed over CONUS for Trunking Service. All beams use the same trunk frequency allocation for 18 reuses of the band. The same aperture also radiates six additional 0.3 deg spot beams for Customer Premises Service (CPS) for TDMA beam hopping operation to small terminals anywhere in CONUS. Each CPS beam scans one sector of CONUS and all six beams are frequency reused in a CPS band. Offset dual reflector optics are used with a feed array and multiport beam forming network (BFN). For so many frequency reuses, sidelobes per beam must be 30 to 40 dB down over CONUS. Novel dual reflector optics were devised with shaped surfaces providing low aberrations for all beam positions over CONUS (+ or - 12 BW by + or - 5 BW). Scan loss under 1 dB is calculated with nearly constant sidelobes. For each beam position, a 7-element cluster of feeds is activated in the feed array with coefficients adjusted by the BFN to maintain low sidelobes and thus high beam isolation for frequency reuse.

  9. Low Cost Antennas for Direct Broadcast Satellite Radio

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    Wu, T. K.; Huang, J.

    1994-01-01

    Two omni-directional and circularly polarized low gain antennas (the crossed drooping dipole and the TM(sub 21) mode circular patch antenna)are developed for direct broadcast satellite radio (DBSR) outdoor mobile terminal applications.

  10. Analysis of Segmented Reflector Antenna for a Large Millimeter Wave Radio Telescope.

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    Cortes-Medellin, German

    1993-11-01

    We have developed a computational tool which serves to characterize the performance of large segmented reflector antennas under different sets of conditions. We have applied this tool to the characterization of a large millimeter telescope. A 50 meter diameter instrument of this type specified to operate to wavelengths as short as 1 mm is being design with an actively controlled main surface consisting of 126 hexagonal segments. To simulate the effect of the necessarily imperfect control system, we generate samples of tilt and piston errors for the segments from which the antenna radiation patterns and aperture efficiencies are calculated. We make a comparison of these results with models of antenna tolerance theory developed by Ruze, which relates the aperture efficiency to the rms phase error. We find that Ruze's formula have a different range of validity when the aperture rms phase error, rather than the rms surface error, is used as a parameter. When appreciable tilt errors are present in large segmented antennas, the aperture rms phase error tends to a constant value, independent of the aperture illumination and of the shape of the segments. We conclude that the antenna rms surface error is a better tracer of the aperture efficiency than is the aperture rms phase error when Ruze's formula is used. We find that this well -known expression stands as a lower limit to the performance of large segmented reflector antennas. We have analyzed the effect that gaps between the segments of the active surface of this antenna as well as the imperfect positioning of the subreflector surface have on the aperture efficiency, antenna gain and radiation pattern of this antenna. We have found that the gaps produce a series of grating lobes distributed in a regular pattern in the far field of this antenna, whose relative position is correlated with the size and shape of the segments. We have found that the large millimeter telescope is very sensitive to axial subreflector

  11. Unidirectional Dual-Band CPW-Fed Antenna Loaded with an AMC Reflector

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    Qun Luo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A unidirectional dual-band coplanar waveguide fed antenna (DB-CPWFA loaded with a reflector is presented in this paper. The reflector is made of an electric ground plane, a dielectric substrate, and artificial magnetic conductor (AMC which shows an effective dual operational bandwidth. Then, the closely spaced AMC reflector is employed under the DB-DPWFA for performance improvement including unidirectional radiation, low profile, gain enhancement, and higher front-to-back (F/B ratio. The final antenna design exhibits an 8% and 13% impedance bandwidths for 2.45 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency regions, respectively. The overall gain enhancement of about 4 dB is achieved. The F/B ratio is approximate to 20 dB with a 16 dB improvement. The measured results are inconsistent with the numerical values. The presented design is a suitable candidate for radio frequency identification (RFID reader application.

  12. Reliable Control of Ship-mounted Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Soltani, Mohsen; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh; Wisniewski, Rafal

    2010-01-01

    Motorized antenna is a key element in overseas satellite telecommunication. The control system directs the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellitewhile the high sea waves disturb the antenna. Certain faults (communication system malfunction or signal blocking) cause interruption in the communi......Motorized antenna is a key element in overseas satellite telecommunication. The control system directs the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellitewhile the high sea waves disturb the antenna. Certain faults (communication system malfunction or signal blocking) cause interruption...

  13. A Low-Profile Reflector-Enhanced Drop-Shaped Printed Antenna for Wide-Band Wireless Communications

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    Giovanni Cappelletti

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available An improved low-profile printed antipodal drop-shaped dipole antenna for wide-band wireless applications is presented. The proposed radiating structure is integrated with a planar metal reflector useful to enhance antenna gain up to 5.5 dBi and the front-to-back ratio up to 21 dB. The geometry of reflector, feeding line, and dipole arms is optimized in order to achieve a broad operating bandwidth useful to meet the requirements of modern wireless communication protocols. Furthermore, the particular shape of the metal reflector and the adoption of a thin low-permittivity dielectric substrate result in a low distortion of the radiated field and a limited back radiation which makes the antenna suitable for UWB applications as well. These features, together with the low profile and the limited occupation area, make the antenna well adapted to mobile terminals as well as radio base stations. A locally conformal FDTD numerical procedure has been adopted to design and analyse the radiating structure, while a SEM technique has been employed to highlight the field perturbation caused by the antenna reflector as well as to extract the characteristics underlying the transient behaviour of the antenna. The experimental measurements performed on an antenna prototype are found to be in good agreement with the numerical computations.

  14. Development of a Multi-Band Shared Aperture Reflectarray/Reflector Antenna Design for NASA

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    Spence, Thomas; Cooley, Michael; Stenger, Peter; Park, Richard; Li, Lihua; Racette, Paul; Heymsfield, Gerald; Mclinden, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    A dual-band (Ka/W) shared-aperture antenna system design has been developed as a proposed solution to meet the needs of NASA's planned Aerosol, Clouds, and Ecosystem (ACE) mission. The design is comprised of a compact Cassegrain reflector/reflect array with a fixed W-band feed and a cross track scanned Ka-band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA). Critical Sub-scale prototype testing and flight tests have validated some of the key aspects of this innovative antenna design, including the low loss reflector/reflect array surface. More recently the science community has expressed interest in a mission that offers the ability to measure precipitation (Ku- band with scanning) in addition to clouds and aerosols. In this paper we present findings from a design study that explores options for realizing a tri-frequency (Ku/Ka/W), shared-aperture antenna system to meet these science objectives. Design considerations included meeting performance requirements while striving to minimize payload size, weight, prime power, and cost. The extensive trades and lessons learned from the ACE system development were utilized as the foundation for this work.

  15. Concept Design of a Multi-Band Shared Aperture Reflectarray/Reflector Antenna

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    Spence, Thomas; Cooley, Michael E.; Stenger, Peter; Park, Richard; Li, Lihua; Racette, Paul; Heymsfield, Gerald; Mclinden, Matthew

    2016-01-01

    A scalable dual-band (Ka/W) shared-aperture antenna system design has been developed as a proposed solution to meet the needs of the planned NASA Earth Science Aerosol, Clouds, and Ecosystem (ACE) mission. The design is comprised of a compact Cassegrain reflector/reflectarray with a fixed pointing W-band feed and a cross track scanned Ka-band Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA). Critical Sub-scale prototype testing and flight tests have validated some of the key aspects of this innovative antenna design, including the low loss reflector/reflectarray surface. More recently the science community has expressed interest in a mission that offers the ability to measure precipitation in addition to clouds and aerosols. In this paper we present summaries of multiple designs that explore options for realizing a tri-frequency (Ku/Ka/W), shared-aperture antenna system to meet these science objectives. Design considerations include meeting performance requirements while emphasizing payload size, weight, prime power, and cost. The extensive trades and lessons learned from our previous dual-band ACE system development were utilized as the foundation for this work.

  16. Double-loop frequency selective surfaces for multi frequency division multiplexing in a dual reflector antenna

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    Wu, Te-Kao (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A multireflector antenna utilizes a frequency-selective surface (FSS) in a subreflector to allow signals in two different RF bands to be selectively reflected back into a main reflector and to allow signals in other RF bands to be transmitted through it to the main reflector for primary focus transmission. A first approach requires only one FSS at the subreflector which may be an array of double-square-loop conductive elements. A second approach uses two FSS's at the subreflector which may be an array of either double-square-loop (DSL) or double-ring (DR). In the case of DR elements, they may be advantageously arranged in a triangular array instead of the rectangular array for the DSL elements.

  17. High Precision Control of Ship-Mounted Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Mohsen, Soltani; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh; Wisniewski, Rafal

    2007-01-01

    The telecommunication on a modern merchandise ship is maintained by means of satellite communication. The task of the tracking system is to position the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellite. The control system is capable of rejecting the external disturbances which affect on the under......-actuated antenna and ensures that it remains locked on the satellite. In this paper, a nonlinear internal model controller (NIMC), which achieves asymptotic tracking for the nonlinear antenna system with nonlinear exogenous dynamics, is proposed. Computer simulations as well as practical tests verify...... the effectiveness of this method to cope with the external disturbances that are imposed to the satellite tracking antenna (STA)....

  18. High Precision Control of Ship-Mounted Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Mohsen, Soltani; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh; Wisniewski, Rafal

    2007-01-01

    The telecommunication on a modern merchandise ship is maintained by means of satellite communication. The task of the tracking system is to position the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellite. The control system is capable of rejecting the external disturbances which affect on the under......-actuated antenna and ensures that it remains locked on the satellite. In this paper, a nonlinear internal model controller (NIMC), which achieves asymptotic tracking for the nonlinear antenna system with nonlinear exogenous dynamics, is proposed. Computer simulations as well as practical tests verify...... the effectiveness of this method to cope with the external disturbances that are imposed to the satellite tracking antenna (STA)....

  19. Analysis of active surface reflector antenna for a large millimeter wave radio telescope

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    Cortes-Medellin, G.; Goldsmith, P. F.

    1994-02-01

    The authors analyze the effects of imperfect segment alignment on the aperture efficiency of a large millimeter telescope. A 50 meter diameter instrument of this type specified to operate to wavelengths as short as 1 mm is being designed with an actively controlled main surface. By simulating the performance of the control system, they generate samples of tilt and piston errors for the segments from which the antenna radiation patterns and aperture efficiencies are calculated. They make a comparison of these results with models of antenna tolerance theory developed by Ruze (1966), which relate the aperture efficiency to the RMS phase error. They find that Ruze's formulas have a different range of validity when the aperture RMS phase error, rather than the RMS surface error, is used as a parameter. When appreciable tilt errors are present in large segmented antennas, the aperture RMS phase error tends to a constant value, independent of the aperture illumination and of the shape of the segments. They conclude that the antenna RMS surface error is a better tracer of the aperture efficiency than is the aperture RMS phase error when Ruze's formula is used. They find that this well-known expression stands as a lower limit to the performance of large segmented reflector antennas.

  20. RF Design and Predicted Performance for a Future 34-meter Shaped Dual-reflector Antenna System Using the Common Aperture X-S Feedhorn

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    Williams, W. F.

    1983-01-01

    The Networks Consolidation Program (NCP) will utilize 34-meter shaped dual-reflector Cassegrain antennas. The shaping calculations, the X/S-band feedhorn to be used, and the predicted RF performance of this antenna system are discussed.

  1. Application of adaptive antenna techniques to future commercial satellite communications. Executive summary

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    Ersoy, L.; Lee, E. A.; Matthews, E. W.

    1987-01-01

    The purpose of this contract was to identify the application of adaptive antenna technique in future operational commercial satellite communication systems and to quantify potential benefits. The contract consisted of two major subtasks. Task 1, Assessment of Future Commercial Satellite System Requirements, was generally referred to as the Adaptive section. Task 2 dealt with Pointing Error Compensation Study for a Multiple Scanning/Fixed Spot Beam Reflector Antenna System and was referred to as the reconfigurable system. Each of these tasks was further subdivided into smaller subtasks. It should also be noted that the reconfigurable system is usually defined as an open-loop system while the adaptive system is a closed-loop system. The differences between the open- and closed-loop systems were defined. Both the adaptive and reconfigurable systems were explained and the potential applications of such systems were presented in the context of commercial communication satellite systems.

  2. Architectures for ku-band broadband airborne satellite communication antennas

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    Verpoorte, Jaco; Schippers, Harmen; Jorna, Pieter; Roeloffzen, Chris G.H.; Marpaung, David A.I.; Baggen, Rens; Sanadgol, Bahram

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes different architectures for a broadband antenna for satellite communication on aircraft. The antenna is a steerable (conformal) phased array antenna in Ku-band (receive-only). First the requirements for such a system are addressed. Subsequently a number of potential architecture

  3. Metasurface Reflector (MSR Loading for High Performance Small Microstrip Antenna Design.

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    Md Rezwanul Ahsan

    Full Text Available A meander stripline feed multiband microstrip antenna loaded with metasurface reflector (MSR structure has been designed, analyzed and constructed that offers the wireless communication services for UHF/microwave RFID and WLAN/WiMAX applications. The proposed MSR assimilated antenna comprises planar straight forward design of circular shaped radiator with horizontal slots on it and 2D metasurface formed by the periodic square metallic element that resembles the behavior of metamaterials. A custom made high dielectric bio-plastic substrate (εr = 15 is used for fabricating the prototype of the MSR embedded planar monopole antenna. The details of the design progress through numerical simulations and experimental results are presented and discussed accordingly. The measured impedance bandwidth, radiation patterns and gain of the proposed MSR integrated antenna are compared with the obtained results from numerical simulation, and a good compliance can be observed between them. The investigation shows that utilization of MSR structure has significantly broadened the -10 dB impedance bandwidth than the conventional patch antenna: from 540 to 632 MHz (17%, 467 to 606 MHz (29% and 758 MHz to 1062 MHz (40% for three distinct operating bands centered at 0.9, 3.5 and 5.5 GHz. Additionally, due to the assimilation of MSR, the overall realized gains have been upgraded to a higher value of 3.62 dBi, 6.09 dBi and 8.6 dBi for lower, middle and upper frequency band respectively. The measured radiation patterns, impedance bandwidths (S11<-10 dB and gains from the MSR loaded antenna prototype exhibit reasonable characteristics that can satisfy the requirements of UHF/microwave (5.8 GHz RFID, WiMAX (3.5/5.5 GHz and WLAN (5.2/5.8 GHz applications.

  4. Metasurface Reflector (MSR) Loading for High Performance Small Microstrip Antenna Design

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    Ahsan, Md Rezwanul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Singh, Mandeep Jit; Ali, Mohd Tarmizi

    2015-01-01

    A meander stripline feed multiband microstrip antenna loaded with metasurface reflector (MSR) structure has been designed, analyzed and constructed that offers the wireless communication services for UHF/microwave RFID and WLAN/WiMAX applications. The proposed MSR assimilated antenna comprises planar straight forward design of circular shaped radiator with horizontal slots on it and 2D metasurface formed by the periodic square metallic element that resembles the behavior of metamaterials. A custom made high dielectric bio-plastic substrate (εr = 15) is used for fabricating the prototype of the MSR embedded planar monopole antenna. The details of the design progress through numerical simulations and experimental results are presented and discussed accordingly. The measured impedance bandwidth, radiation patterns and gain of the proposed MSR integrated antenna are compared with the obtained results from numerical simulation, and a good compliance can be observed between them. The investigation shows that utilization of MSR structure has significantly broadened the -10dB impedance bandwidth than the conventional patch antenna: from 540 to 632 MHz (17%), 467 to 606 MHz (29%) and 758 MHz to 1062 MHz (40%) for three distinct operating bands centered at 0.9, 3.5 and 5.5 GHz. Additionally, due to the assimilation of MSR, the overall realized gains have been upgraded to a higher value of 3.62 dBi, 6.09 dBi and 8.6 dBi for lower, middle and upper frequency band respectively. The measured radiation patterns, impedance bandwidths (S11<-10 dB) and gains from the MSR loaded antenna prototype exhibit reasonable characteristics that can satisfy the requirements of UHF/microwave (5.8 GHz) RFID, WiMAX (3.5/5.5 GHz) and WLAN (5.2/5.8 GHz) applications. PMID:26018795

  5. Metasurface Reflector (MSR) Loading for High Performance Small Microstrip Antenna Design.

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    Ahsan, Md Rezwanul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Singh, Mandeep Jit; Ali, Mohd Tarmizi

    2015-01-01

    A meander stripline feed multiband microstrip antenna loaded with metasurface reflector (MSR) structure has been designed, analyzed and constructed that offers the wireless communication services for UHF/microwave RFID and WLAN/WiMAX applications. The proposed MSR assimilated antenna comprises planar straight forward design of circular shaped radiator with horizontal slots on it and 2D metasurface formed by the periodic square metallic element that resembles the behavior of metamaterials. A custom made high dielectric bio-plastic substrate (εr = 15) is used for fabricating the prototype of the MSR embedded planar monopole antenna. The details of the design progress through numerical simulations and experimental results are presented and discussed accordingly. The measured impedance bandwidth, radiation patterns and gain of the proposed MSR integrated antenna are compared with the obtained results from numerical simulation, and a good compliance can be observed between them. The investigation shows that utilization of MSR structure has significantly broadened the -10 dB impedance bandwidth than the conventional patch antenna: from 540 to 632 MHz (17%), 467 to 606 MHz (29%) and 758 MHz to 1062 MHz (40%) for three distinct operating bands centered at 0.9, 3.5 and 5.5 GHz. Additionally, due to the assimilation of MSR, the overall realized gains have been upgraded to a higher value of 3.62 dBi, 6.09 dBi and 8.6 dBi for lower, middle and upper frequency band respectively. The measured radiation patterns, impedance bandwidths (S11antenna prototype exhibit reasonable characteristics that can satisfy the requirements of UHF/microwave (5.8 GHz) RFID, WiMAX (3.5/5.5 GHz) and WLAN (5.2/5.8 GHz) applications.

  6. Preliminary design of large reflectors with flat facets

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    Agrawal, P. K.; Anderson, M. S.; Card, M. F.

    1981-01-01

    A concept for approximating curved antenna surfaces using flat facets is discussed. A preliminary design technique for determining the size of the reflector surface facets necessary to meet antenna surface accuracy requirements is presented. A proposed large microwave radiometer satellite (MRS) is selected as an application, and the far-field electromagnetic response of a faceted reflector surface is compared with that from a spherical reflector surface.

  7. Fifteen Years of Synthetic Aperture Radar Calibration Using Trihedral Reflectors at the Alaska Satellite Facility

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    Albright, W.; Atwood, D.; Lawlor, O. S.; Utley, P.; Slater, C.

    2006-12-01

    For the past 15 years, the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) has provided calibration support for singly polarized SAR datasets in C-band (ERS-1, ERS-2, and RADARSAT-1 and L-Band (JERS-1. Passive point targets like trihedral corner reflectors offer a reliable and well established means to perform radiometric, geometric, and impulse response measurements for SAR calibration. Routine support of an array of corner reflectors in interior Alaska has permitted ASF an opportunity to monitor satellite health, calibrate SAR processors, and experiment with new reflector designs. Corner reflectors offer the advantages of low maintenance and low cost compared to active devices such as transponders. In order to maintain radar cross section, as the microwave wavelength get longer, so too does the size of the reflector. Increased size means decreased portability, exacerbating the difficulty of providing calibration support in remote locations. In response, ASF is developing low cost, light weight corner reflectors that can be deployed with minimal effort and no maintenance. These efforts will help to extend our present calibration efforts to more remote locations. But more importantly, these designs are expected to play an important role in Permanent Scatterer InSAR (PS-InSAR) methodology. The use of corner reflector arrays in support PS-InSAR may provide new means for monitoring terrain displacements in regions of heavy vegetation. This paper presents some long term measurements from ASF's array of corner reflectors, outlines improvements performed on trihedral corner reflectors, and describes current efforts at ASF to support the next generation of SAR missions and techniques.

  8. Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) Multibeam Antenna On-Orbit Performance

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    1995-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center's Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) was launched in September 1993. ACTS introduced several new technologies, including a multibeam antenna (MBA) operating at extremely short wavelengths never before used in communications. This antenna, which has both fixed and rapidly reconfigurable high-energy spot beams (150 miles in diameter), serves users equipped with small antenna terminals. Extensive structural and thermal analyses have been performed for simulating the ACTS MBA on-orbit performance. The results show that the reflector surfaces (mainly the front subreflector), antenna support assembly, and metallic surfaces on the spacecraft body will be distorted because of the thermal effects of varying solar heating, which degrade the ACTS MBA performance. Since ACTS was launched, a number of evaluations have been performed to assess MBA performance in the space environment. For example, the on-orbit performance measurements found systematic environmental disturbances to the MBA beam pointing. These disturbances were found to be imposed by the attitude control system, antenna and spacecraft mechanical alignments, and on-orbit thermal effects. As a result, the MBA may not always exactly cover the intended service area. In addition, the on-orbit measurements showed that antenna pointing accuracy is the performance parameter most sensitive to thermal distortions on the front subreflector surface and antenna support assemblies. Several compensation approaches were tested and evaluated to restore on-orbit pointing stability. A combination of autotrack (75 percent of the time) and Earth sensor control (25 percent of the time) was found to be the best way to compensate for antenna pointing error during orbit. This approach greatly minimizes the effects of thermal distortions on antenna beam pointing.

  9. Thermal deformation analysis of the composite material satellite antenna

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    2007-01-01

    Controlling the thermal deformation is a crucial index for the design of the satellite antenna. To calculate and measure the satellite antenna's thermal deformation is also an important step for the design of satellite antenna. Based on the foundation of equivalent assumption, the thermal deformation of the parabolic satellite antenna was analyzed by the finite element method for different design project. The best design project that had the minimum of the thermal deformation could be obtained through changing the lay-angle, lay-layers and lay-thickness of each layer. Results show the asymmetry structure has the minimum of thermal deformation. This paper may provide useful information for the further investigation on the coupling of thermal-stress structure.

  10. Integrated After-Market Solar Panel Antennas for Small Satellites

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    Turpin, Timothy; Mahmoud, Mahmoud; Baktur, Reyhan; Furse, Cynthia

    2009-01-01

    The majority of surface area on a small satellite is taken up by solar panels for power. Integrating antennas with solar panels, would save a valuable amount of satellite surface area, and thus directly contribute to the size reduction and multi-functionality of solar panel. Furthermore, such integration does not require deployed mechanism and therefore is cost-friendly design.Two types of integrations are presented in this paper. The first type is to place optically transparent antennas dire...

  11. Integrated After-Market Solar Panel Antennas for Small Satellites

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    Turpin, Timothy; Mahmoud, Mahmoud; Baktur, Reyhan; Furse, Cynthia

    2009-01-01

    The majority of surface area on a small satellite is taken up by solar panels for power. Integrating antennas with solar panels, would save a valuable amount of satellite surface area, and thus directly contribute to the size reduction and multi-functionality of solar panel. Furthermore, such integration does not require deployed mechanism and therefore is cost-friendly design.Two types of integrations are presented in this paper. The first type is to place optically transparent antennas dire...

  12. Flexible-Robotic Reflector for Aerospace Applications

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    Nir Shvalb

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Existing dish based antennas tend to have geometric morphologic distortion in the surface due to drastic thermal changes common in the space environment. In this paper we present a new concept for a dynamic antenna specially designed for communication satellites. The suggested flexible-robotic antenna is based on a dual-reflector structure, where the subreflector has a complex surface shaping robotic mechanism allowing it to fix most of the morphologic errors in the main reflector. We have implemented a set of searching algorithms allowing the hyper redundant robotic subreflector to adapt its surface to the morphologic distortions in the main reflector. The suggested new antenna was constructed and tested in an RF room in which it was able to fix the loss caused by distortion in the main reflector to the original gain in less than an hour.

  13. Analysis of Arbitrary Reflector Antennas Applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction Together with the Master Points Technique

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    María Jesús Algar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available An efficient approach for the analysis of surface conformed reflector antennas fed arbitrarily is presented. The near field in a large number of sampling points in the aperture of the reflector is obtained applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD. A new technique named Master Points has been developed to reduce the complexity of the ray-tracing computations. The combination of both GTD and Master Points reduces the time requirements of this kind of analysis. To validate the new approach, several reflectors and the effects on the radiation pattern caused by shifting the feed and introducing different obstacles have been considered concerning both simple and complex geometries. The results of these analyses have been compared with the Method of Moments (MoM results.

  14. Rotating Parabolic-Reflector Antenna Target in SAR Data: Model, Characteristics, and Parameter Estimation

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    Bin Deng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Parabolic-reflector antennas (PRAs, usually possessing rotation, are a particular type of targets of potential interest to the synthetic aperture radar (SAR community. This paper is aimed to investigate PRA’s scattering characteristics and then to extract PRA’s parameters from SAR returns, for supporting image interpretation and target recognition. We at first obtain both closed-form and numeric solutions to PRA’s backscattering by geometrical optics (GO, physical optics, and graphical electromagnetic computation, respectively. Based on the GO solution, a migratory scattering center model is at first presented for representing the movement of the specular point with aspect angle, and then a hybrid model, named the migratory/micromotion scattering center (MMSC model, is proposed for characterizing a rotating PRA in the SAR geometry, which incorporates PRA’s rotation into its migratory scattering center model. Additionally, we in detail analyze PRA’s radar characteristics on radar cross-section, high-resolution range profiles, time-frequency distribution, and 2D images, which also confirm the models proposed. A maximal likelihood estimator is developed for jointly solving the MMSC model for PRA’s multiple parameters by optimization. By exploiting the aforementioned characteristics, the coarse parameter estimation guarantees convergency upon global minima. The signatures recovered can be favorably utilized for SAR image interpretation and target recognition.

  15. Design of smoothed multi-flared antenna for multi-frequency reception of direct transmission from meteorological satellites

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    Yasodha, Polisetti; Jayaraman, Achuthan; Kesarkar, Amit P.; Thawait, Prateek

    2016-07-01

    The direct radiance data assimilation is found to be advantageous for the numerical weather prediction over short and medium range. Therefore reception of satellite radiance in real time is important. Satellite earth station is the preferred choice for direct reception of this data, which is voluminous. High Rate Information being transmitted from these satellites operating in L, S, C and X bands needs to be received. A commercial wide band antenna is not preferred for such application, as it operates uniformly over the entire frequency range in these bands and may create interference over the unwanted frequencies. As the frequencies of interest occupy only a small portion of these bands, it is essential to design a horn antenna, which receives only specified frequencies and filter other frequencies. In this work, we have designed a multi-flare multi-frequency cylindrical horn antenna for reception of direct transmission from meteorological satellites. This earth station antenna tracks selected satellites working over specified frequency ranges, which are 1.694-1.703 GHz, 2.0-2.06 GHz, 4.5-4.6 GHz and 7.8-7.9 GHz in L, S, C and X bands respectively. Cylindrical waveguides for the frequencies, 1.6, 2, 4.5 and 8 GHz are designed and they are joined in the increasing order of radius with suitable conical shapes. The slope of the cones is adjusted experimentally. With this design, the return loss is simulated and found to be better than 20 dB upto 4.5 GHz and later it became poor. To overcome this difficulty, the abrupt transitions at the joints of the conical and cylindrical waveguides are made smoothen by increasing the diameter of one mouth of the cylinder and reducing the other mouth to match with the cylinders corresponding to next higher and lower frequency respectively. As a result, a smooth flared antenna is obtained and the simulated results are satisfactory. A parabolic reflector of 4 m diameter is designed and the smooth multi-flared antenna is kept at the

  16. Study variants of hard CFRP reflector for intersatellite communication

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    Prosuntsov, PV; Reznik, SV; Mikhailovsky, KV; Novikov, AD; Aung, Zaw Ye

    2016-10-01

    The paper deals with the justification of space antennas reflector layout for advanced telecommunication satellites. The selection of design decisions is based on numerical simulations of heat transfer and mechanics processes characteristic of the geostationary orbit conditions. The advantages of parabolic shell of small thickness reflector scheme reinforced with star-shaped ribs on the convex side are demonstrated.

  17. A Simple Tool for the Design and Analysis of Multiple-Reflector Antennas in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment

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    Katz, Daniel S.; Cwik, Tom; Fu, Chuigang; Imbriale, William A.; Jamnejad, Vahraz; Springer, Paul L.; Borgioli, Andrea

    2000-01-01

    The process of designing and analyzing a multiple-reflector system has traditionally been time-intensive, requiring large amounts of both computational and human time. At many frequencies, a discrete approximation of the radiation integral may be used to model the system. The code which implements this physical optics (PO) algorithm was developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It analyzes systems of antennas in pairs, and for each pair, the analysis can be computationally time-consuming. Additionally, the antennas must be described using a local coordinate system for each antenna, which makes it difficult to integrate the design into a multi-disciplinary framework in which there is traditionally one global coordinate system, even before considering deforming the antenna as prescribed by external structural and/or thermal factors. Finally, setting up the code to correctly analyze all the antenna pairs in the system can take a fair amount of time, and introduces possible human error. The use of parallel computing to reduce the computational time required for the analysis of a given pair of antennas has been previously discussed. This paper focuses on the other problems mentioned above. It will present a methodology and examples of use of an automated tool that performs the analysis of a complete multiple-reflector system in an integrated multi-disciplinary environment (including CAD modeling, and structural and thermal analysis) at the click of a button. This tool, named MOD Tool (Millimeter-wave Optics Design Tool), has been designed and implemented as a distributed tool, with a client that runs almost identically on Unix, Mac, and Windows platforms, and a server that runs primarily on a Unix workstation and can interact with parallel supercomputers with simple instruction from the user interacting with the client.

  18. Resonance-Based Reflector and Its Application in Unidirectional Antenna with Low-Profile and Broadband Characteristics for Wireless Applications.

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    Peng, Lin; Xie, Ji-Yang; Sun, Kai; Jiang, Xing; Li, Si-Min

    2016-12-09

    In this research, the novel concept of a resonance-based reflector (RBR) was proposed, and a ring-shaped RBR was utilized to design a unidirectional antenna with low-profile and broadband characteristics. Research found the ring operates as two half-wavelength (λ/2) resonators. Then, the resonance effect transforms the reflection phase of the ring RBR, and achieves a reflection phase of 0° antenna above the RBR with a distance smaller than λ/4. Two unidirectional antennas, named Case 1 and Case 2, were designed with the ring-shaped RBRs and bowtie antennas (RBR-BAs). The impedance bandwidths of Case 1 and the Case 2 are 2.04-5.12 GHz (86.3%) and 1.97-5.01 GHz (87.1%), respectively. The front-to-back ratio (FBR, an important parameter to measure the unidirectional radiation) of Case 1 ranges from 5-9.9 dB for frequencies 2.04-2.42 GHz, and the FBR of Case 2 ranges from 5-16 dB for frequencies 2.16-3.15 GHz. The proposed concept of RBR is desirable in wideband unidirectional antenna design, and the designing antennas can be used at the front end of wireless systems-such as indoors communication, remote sensing, and wireless sensor systems-for signal receiving or transmitting.

  19. Effects of the Number of Active Receiver Channels on the Sensitivity of a Reflector Antenna System with a Multi-Beam Wideband Phased Array Feed

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    Iupikov, O

    2016-01-01

    A method for accurate modeling of a reflector antenna system with a wideband phased array feed is presented and used to study the effects of the number of active antenna elements and associated receiving channels on the receiving sensitivity of the antenna system. Numerical results are shown for a practical design named APERTIF that is currently under developed at The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON).

  20. Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) multibeam antenna technology verification experiments

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    Acosta, Roberto J.; Larko, Jeffrey M.; Lagin, Alan R.

    1992-01-01

    The Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) is a key to reaching NASA's goal of developing high-risk, advanced communications technology using multiple frequency bands to support the nation's future communication needs. Using the multiple, dynamic hopping spot beams, and advanced on board switching and processing systems, ACTS will open a new era in communications satellite technology. One of the key technologies to be validated as part of the ACTS program is the multibeam antenna with rapidly reconfigurable hopping and fixed spot beam to serve users equipped with small-aperature terminals within the coverage areas. The proposed antenna technology experiments are designed to evaluate in-orbit ACTS multibeam antenna performance (radiation pattern, gain, cross pol levels, etc.).

  1. Sunflower array antenna for multi-beam satellite applications

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    Vigano, M.C.

    2011-01-01

    Saving space on board, reducing costs and improving the antenna performances are tasks of outmost importance in the field of satellite communication. In this work it is shown how a non-uniformly spaced, direct radiating array designed according to the so called ‘sunflower’ law is able to satisfy str

  2. Measurement campaigns for selection of optimum on-ground performance verification approach for large deployable reflector antenna

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Nielsen, Jeppe Majlund; Kim, Oleksiy S.;

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the measurement campaigns carried out at P-band (435 MHz) for selection of optimum on-ground verification approach for a large deployable reflector antenna (LDA). The feed array of the LDA was measured in several configurations with spherical, cylindrical, and planar near-field...... techniques at near-field facilities in Denmark and in the Netherlands. The measured results for the feed array were then used in calculation of the radiation pattern and gain of the entire LDA. The primary goals for the campaigns were to obtain realistic measurement uncertainty estimates and to investigate...

  3. Application of MMIC modules in future multiple beam satellite antenna systems

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    Smetana, J.

    1982-01-01

    Multiple beam antenna systems for advanced communication satellites operating in the 30/20 GHz frequency bands (30 GHz uplink, 20 GHz downlink) were developed. Up to twenty 0.3 deg HPBW fixed spot beams and six 0.3 deg HPBW scanning spot beams will be required. Array-fed dual reflector antenna systems in which monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) phase shift and amplifier modules are used with each radiating element of the feed array for beam pointing and power gain were developed. The feasibility of distributed power amplification and beam pointing with MMIC modules in the elements of an array and to develop a data base for future development were demonstrated. The technical discussion centers around the potential advantages of ""monolithic'' antennas for specific applications as compared to systems using high powered TWT's. These include: reduced losses in the beam forming network; advantage of space combining and graceful degradation; dynamic control of beam pointing and illumination contour; and possibilities for cost and weight reduction.

  4. On intermodulation beams of satellite DBF transmitting multibeam array antenna

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    Zhao, Hongmei; Wang, Huali; Mu, Shanxiang

    2007-11-01

    Digital beamforming (DBF) transmitting multibeam planar array antenna with nonlinear behaviors of solid-state power amplifiers (SSPA) is discussed. This paper investigates the intermodulation beams produced by the nonlinearity characteristics of the SSPA with multiple carrier components. The Shimbo model is simplified to describe the nonlinear behaviors of SSPA. The optimal SSPA input back-off (IBO) point which is given the desired the carrier and the intermodulatin ratio (C/IM) is simulated. And the tradeoffs between linearity and efficiency of the power amplifier which influence this IBO is also discussed, helping to selecting suitable SSPA device and reducing the dc power consumption in satellite array antenna system.

  5. Solar absorptance degradation of optical solar reflector radiators on the Spacenet satellites

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    Naegeli, Charles R.

    1992-01-01

    Telemetry data are presented for two communications hybrid satellites, Spacenet I and Spacenet II, collected to determine the long-term temperature trend and associated solar absorptance degradation of the optical solar reflectors (OSRs). A thermal model was used to calculate the thermal sensitivity of various OSR components to changes in the solar absorptance and to determine absolute values of solar absorptance. The separation of the data into sunlit and nonsunlit periods made it possible to confirm the hypothesis that degradation occurs under the catalytic activity of direct sunlight on the spacecraft contaminants. The differences found between the degradation rates for Spacenet-I and Spacenet-II satellites and between the present results and published reports on other satellites are considered to be related to variations in the volume of spacecraft contaminants.

  6. Multi-beaming propertieis of reflector antennas used in radio telescopes with wide field of view

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    Iupikov, O

    2016-01-01

    The given work is devoted to the modern developments in the field of radio astronomy instrumentation. In particular, the sensitivity of the multi-beam reflector radio telescope which is fed by phased array (PAF) is considered. Using PAF as reflector feed allows obtaining wide and continuous field of view (FOV) of the telescope. This has several advantages with compare to horn-cluster feeds which are described in this work. The sensitivity inside whole FOV was computed using three different beamforming schemes.

  7. Resonance-Based Reflector and Its Application in Unidirectional Antenna with Low-Profile and Broadband Characteristics for Wireless Applications

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    Lin Peng

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the novel concept of a resonance-based reflector (RBR was proposed, and a ring-shaped RBR was utilized to design a unidirectional antenna with low-profile and broadband characteristics. Research found the ring operates as two half-wavelength (λ/2 resonators. Then, the resonance effect transforms the reflection phase of the ring RBR, and achieves a reflection phase of 0° < ϕ < 180° in a wide frequency range above the resonance. Then, the in-phase reflection characteristic (−90° < ϕ < 90° can be obtained in the wide frequency band by placing an antenna above the RBR with a distance smaller than λ/4. Two unidirectional antennas, named Case 1 and Case 2, were designed with the ring-shaped RBRs and bowtie antennas (RBR-BAs. The impedance bandwidths of Case 1 and the Case 2 are 2.04–5.12 GHz (86.3% and 1.97–5.01 GHz (87.1%, respectively. The front-to-back ratio (FBR, an important parameter to measure the unidirectional radiation of Case 1 ranges from 5–9.9 dB for frequencies 2.04–2.42 GHz, and the FBR of Case 2 ranges from 5–16 dB for frequencies 2.16–3.15 GHz. The proposed concept of RBR is desirable in wideband unidirectional antenna design, and the designing antennas can be used at the front end of wireless systems—such as indoors communication, remote sensing, and wireless sensor systems—for signal receiving or transmitting.

  8. Dual-shaped offset reflector antenna designs from solutions of the geometrical optics first-order partial differential equations

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    Galindo-Israel, V.; Imbriale, W.; Shogen, K.; Mittra, R.

    1990-01-01

    In obtaining solutions to the first-order nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) for synthesizing offset dual-shaped reflectors, it is found that previously observed computational problems can be avoided if the integration of the PDEs is started from an inner projected perimeter and integrated outward rather than starting from an outer projected perimeter and integrating inward. This procedure, however, introduces a new parameter, the main reflector inner perimeter radius p(o), when given a subreflector inner angle 0(o). Furthermore, a desired outer projected perimeter (e.g., a circle) is no longer guaranteed. Stability of the integration is maintained if some of the initial parameters are determined first from an approximate solution to the PDEs. A one-, two-, or three-parameter optimization algorithm can then be used to obtain a best set of parameters yielding a close fit to the desired projected outer rim. Good low cross-polarization mapping functions are also obtained. These methods are illustrated by synthesis of a high-gain offset-shaped Cassegrainian antenna and a low-noise offset-shaped Gregorian antenna.

  9. 机械式可重构天线的反射面结构设计%Structural Design of Mechanically Reconfigurable Reflector Antennas

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    宋思扬; 徐明龙; 邵恕宝; 江文剑; 梁云

    2016-01-01

    传统的空间卫星天线具有固定的反射面形式,因而只能给出特定的辐射场型图,及固定的目标增益区。而机械式在轨可重构天线可以通过反射面背部的作动器对天线型面进行主动控制,根据不同的照射区域给出针对性的反射面几何形状,从而实现一星多用。论文围绕着可重构天线的反射面,使用碳纤维铝蜂窝夹层结构开展了一系列探索,为这种夹层结构建立了能够表征赋型过程中结构应力分布的有限元模型。根据反射面重构的设想,选择了具有合适刚度、足够强度蜂窝夹层材料。依据所选择的夹层结构设计了相关实验,证实了使用这种材料构造可重构天线反射面的可能性。%The reflecting surfaces of the traditional space satellite antennas are fixed once finished processing ,thus only certain radiation pattern and specific area of target gain is given .However ,the mechanically reconfigurable antennas can be reshaped by the actuators under the surface .Thus the reconfigurable reflectors can replace the typical configuration of several shaped reflectors for the different desired coverage areas .This paper achieved the idea of reconfiguration by carbon fiber laminated and aluminum honeycomb sandwich structure .A finite element analysis model has been built in detail to show the distribution of stress .Using this model we found out the geometrical parameter for reconfigurable reflecting surface with ap -propriate stiffness and enough strength .Furthermore ,an experimental platform has been designed and manufactured to prove the ability of reconfiguration for this composite material structure in this paper .The results demonstrate the possibilities of this structure's usability in reconfigurable reflector .

  10. Nodding feed antenna for communications with satellites in synchronous orbit

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    Smetana, J.; Zavesky, R.

    1978-01-01

    The design, fabrication, and performance of a parabolic, ground receiving antenna system with a feed that nods in one axis producing a maximum beam deviation 1.1 deg from boresight is described. The antenna design was: (1)to lower the weight (and the subsequent cost) of the supporting structure and the actuator motors for a tracking antenna by moving just the feed; (2) to use a manual tracking system eliminating the need for expensive electronic controls or computers; (3) to provide for several hours of unattended operation; and (4)to permit operation of the antenna by unskilled personnel. Also described are some physical and orbital phenomenon that effect the operation or design of the antenna. One is the motion of a nearly geostationary satellite due to gravitational forces from the sun, the moon, and other stellar bodies. Others are the rotation of the nodding axis and the feed polarization as a function of the location of the station on the earth. A comparison of per unit cost was made for one unit and a quantity of 100.

  11. Estimation of satellite antenna phase center offsets for Galileo

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    Steigenberger, P.; Fritsche, M.; Dach, R.; Schmid, R.; Montenbruck, O.; Uhlemann, M.; Prange, L.

    2016-08-01

    Satellite antenna phase center offsets for the Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) and Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are estimated by two different analysis centers based on tracking data of a global GNSS network. The mean x- and y-offsets could be determined with a precision of a few centimeters. However, daily estimates of the x-offsets of the IOV satellites show pronounced systematic effects with a peak-to-peak amplitude of up to 70 cm that depend on the orbit model and the elevation of the Sun above the orbital plane. For the IOV y-offsets, no dependence on the orbit model exists but the scatter strongly depends on the elevation of the Sun above the orbital plane. In general, these systematic effects are significantly smaller for the FOC satellites. The z-offsets of the two analysis centers agree within the 10-15 cm level, and the time series do not show systematic effects. The application of an averaged Galileo satellite antenna model obtained from the two solutions results in a reduction of orbit day boundary discontinuities by up to one third—even if an independent software package is used.

  12. Aeronautical satellite antenna steering using magnetic field sensors

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    Sydor, John; Dufour, Martial

    1993-01-01

    Designers of aeronautical satellite terminals are often faced with the problem of steering a directive antenna from an airplane or helicopter. This problem is usually solved by using aircraft orientation information derived from inertial sensors on-board the aircraft in combination with satellite ephemeris information calculated from geographic coordinates. This procedure works well but relies heavily on avionics that are external to the terminal. For the majority of small aircraft and helicopters which will form the bulk of future aeronautical satcom users, such avionics either do not exist or are difficult for the satellite terminal to interface with. At the Communications Research Center (CRC), work has been undertaken to develop techniques that use the geomagnetic field and satellite antenna pointing vectors (both of which are stationary in a local geographical area) to track the position of a satellite relative to a moving platform such as an aircraft. The performance of this technique is examined and a mathematical steering transformation is developed within this paper. Details are given regarding the experimental program that will be undertaken to test the concepts proposed herein.

  13. A study of three techniques used in the diffraction analysis of shaped dual-reflector antennas

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    Cwik, Tom A.; Kildal, Per-Simon

    1989-01-01

    An examination is presented of three techniques used for the efficient computation of fields diffracted by a subreflector that has been shaped by geometrical optics synthesis. It is found that these techniques, which are based on the geometrical theory of diffraction (GTD), produce errors in the computed fields that are specific to shaped reflectors. These errors are examined for a reflector system shaped to produce maximum gain from a tapered feed illumination. The discrepancies are directly related to the caustic being located near an observation point of the GTD calculations. The errors found are localized, and they increase in magnitude as the caustic approaches the main reflector. In a general offset geometry, the location of the caustic may be located arbitrarily close to the main reflector given a prescribed output aperture distribution. For the specific case considered here-the common situation of shaping to produce maximum gain-the caustic is located near the edge of the main reflector and on the reflection shadow boundary. A local correction is derived which creates a uniform solution through the caustic and across the reflection shadow boundary. Away from this point the calculation receeds to the standard GTD solution.

  14. Leaky-Wave Slot Array Antenna Fed by a Dual Reflector System

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    Ettorre, M.; Neto, A.; Gerini, G.; Maci, S.

    2008-01-01

    Planar leaky-wave antennas (LWAs) have received much attention in the recent years [1] for applications in the millimeter-wave ranges. In particular the compatibility with printed circuit board technology (PCB) and the low profile are the strongest features of these antennas. Mono dimensional planar

  15. Flat Array Antennas for Ku-Band Mobile Satellite Terminals

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    Roberto Vincenti Gatti

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the advances in the development of two innovative flat array antennas for Ku-band mobile satellite terminals. The first antenna is specifically conceived for double-deck trains to allow a bi-directional high data rate satellite link. The available circular surface (diameter 80 cm integrates both a transmitting and a receiving section, operating in orthogonal linear polarizations. The TX frequency range is fully covered while the RX bandwidth is around 1 GHz arbitrarily allocated on the DVB range depending on requirements. The beam is steered in elevation through a phased array architecture not employing costly phase shifters, while the steering in azimuth is mechanical. Active BFNs allow excellent performance in terms of EIRP and G/T, maintaining extremely low profile. High antenna efficiency and low fabrication cost are ensured by the employment of innovative SIW (Substrate Integrated Waveguide structures. The second antenna, receiving-only, is designed for radio/video streaming services in mobile environment. Full DVB coverage is achieved thanks to cavity-backed patches operating in double linear polarization. Two independent broadband active BFNs allow simultaneous reception of both polarizations with full tracking capabilities and a squintless beam steering from 20∘ to 60∘ in elevation. A minimum gain of 20 dBi and G/T >−3 dB/∘K are achieved, while maintaining extremely compact size and flat profile. In the design of both antennas fabrication cost is considered as a driving factor, yet providing high performance with a flat profile and thus resulting in a great commercial potentiality.

  16. The Design of an Elliptical Reflector in the Gaussian-like Antenna Used in HT-7 ECRH System

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    张丽霞; 方瑜德; 杨坤

    2002-01-01

    The structure of the antenna which will be used in HT-7 tokamak electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) experiment and the design of its key component (the elliptical reflector) were introduced. A quasi-Gaussian TE11 wave sent from the TE01-TE11 mode converter was reflected by two mirrorsfrom the waveguide aperture to the plasma center area. One of the two mirrors is a plane mirror and the other is an elliptical mirror. In this process, the wave beam will be converged by the two reflecting mirrors and the emissive direction of the wave is also controlled by them. As requested physically for ECRH experiment, the arrangement of the two mirrors can ensure the wave to be launched from the low-field side of the tour.

  17. Metasurface Reflector (MSR) Loading for High Performance Small Microstrip Antenna Design

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    Ahsan, Md Rezwanul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Ullah, Mohammad Habib; Singh, Mandeep Jit; Ali, Mohd Tarmizi

    2015-01-01

    .... The proposed MSR assimilated antenna comprises planar straight forward design of circular shaped radiator with horizontal slots on it and 2D metasurface formed by the periodic square metallic element...

  18. X-band microwave antenna with a switchable planar plasma reflector

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    Bliokh, Yury P.; Felsteiner, Joshua; Slutsker, Yakov Z.

    2016-09-01

    We present a test of a switchable X-band microwave plasma antenna having an aperture diameter of 30 cm. The dense plasma which forms a reflective surface is produced by a ferromagnetic inductively coupled plasma source. A planar-convex dielectric lens placed at the top of the vacuum chamber forms the required phase front of the reflected electromagnetic wave and simultaneously serves as a vacuum cap. The antenna gain is just a bit (about 1 dB) less than that of an ordinary microwave antenna with the same diameter. When the plasma is switched off (off-state), the antenna radar cross section was found to be at least 20 dB smaller as compared to the on-state.

  19. Optimizing Satellite Communications With Adaptive and Phased Array Antennas

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    Ingram, Mary Ann; Romanofsky, Robert; Lee, Richard Q.; Miranda, Felix; Popovic, Zoya; Langley, John; Barott, William C.; Ahmed, M. Usman; Mandl, Dan

    2004-01-01

    A new adaptive antenna array architecture for low-earth-orbiting satellite ground stations is being investigated. These ground stations are intended to have no moving parts and could potentially be operated in populated areas, where terrestrial interference is likely. The architecture includes multiple, moderately directive phased arrays. The phased arrays, each steered in the approximate direction of the satellite, are adaptively combined to enhance the Signal-to-Noise and Interference-Ratio (SNIR) of the desired satellite. The size of each phased array is to be traded-off with the number of phased arrays, to optimize cost, while meeting a bit-error-rate threshold. Also, two phased array architectures are being prototyped: a spacefed lens array and a reflect-array. If two co-channel satellites are in the field of view of the phased arrays, then multi-user detection techniques may enable simultaneous demodulation of the satellite signals, also known as Space Division Multiple Access (SDMA). We report on Phase I of the project, in which fixed directional elements are adaptively combined in a prototype to demodulate the S-band downlink of the EO-1 satellite, which is part of the New Millennium Program at NASA.

  20. Concepts for polarising sheets & "dual-gridded" reflectors for circular polarisation

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    Albani, M.; Balling, P.; Datashvili, L.; Gerini, G.; Ingvarson, P.; Pontoppidan, K.; Sabbadini, M.; Sjöberg, D.; Skokic, S.; Vecchi, G.

    2010-01-01

    C-, Ku- and Ka-band communications and broadcast satellites use so-called dual-gridded reflector antennas for linear polarisation to provide independent reflector surfaces and/or independent feeds for the two orthogonal polarisations. This paper describes initial work to extend this concept to circu

  1. On-glass automotive diversity antenna and LNA design for S-band satellite digital radio

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    Yeğin, Korkut

    2015-11-01

    Selection combining diversity system with antennas mounted on windshield and backlite of a vehicle is proposed for satellite digital audio radio applications. Standalone exterior mount antennas on metallic vehicles perform well for satellite digital audio radio applications, but for composite body vehicles or interior mount antennas, antenna performance becomes a real issue. Proposed on-glass two-antenna diversity is one solution for such applications. The antenna correlation is calculated using the S-parameters of the antennas and found to be very low due to many wavelengths separation between the antennas. Design of low noise amplifier, which has sub 1 dB noise figure and good P1dB due to strong cellular signals, is also detailed. A diversity receiver is described and ride tests are performed to assess the performance of the diversity system in real-time, under weak satellite signal environment which is regarded as the most challenging reception condition.

  2. VSOP-2 Antenna and its Structure

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    Higuchi, K.; Kishimoto, N.; Mizuno, T.; Kawahara, K.; Tachikawa, S.; Murata, Y.; Tsuboi, M.; Ogawa, H.; Kimura, S.; Ujihara, H.; Meguro, A.; Tanaka, H.; Yoshihara, M.; Iikura, S.

    2009-08-01

    To achieve scientific improvements from VSOP (HALCA) to VSOP-2 (ASTRO-G), the satellite design incorporates the engineering characteristics of a large-scale deployable antenna of offset Cassegrain type with observation bands of 8, 22, and 43 GHz. The antenna subsystem requires the surface accuracy of 0.4mm RMS on the main reflector named LDR (Large-scale Deployable Reflector) of about 9m in diameter. An off-axis paraboloid reflector is adopted to achieve this surface accuracy for millimeter-wave observation. The main reflector is composed of seven deployable modular antennas, and each of the modules employs a new idea of radial-rib/hoop-cable reflector construction to stretch metal mesh and to satisfy the required surface accuracy. The deployment mechanism employs most of the LDR technology developed for JAXA's ETS-VIII satellite, which was launched in December 2006, and both of the two antennas on the ETS-VIII deployed successfully on orbit. Some prototype models of one module have been made to investigate the surface accuracy. In addition, the antenna will have a two-axis adjustment mechanism for the main reflector, and a three-axis adjustment mechanism for the sub-reflector in order to optimize the antenna gain after deployment in orbit.

  3. Coupling in reflector arrays

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    Appel-Hansen, Jørgen

    1968-01-01

    In order to reduce the space occupied by a reflector array, it is desirable to arrange the array antennas as close to each other as possible; however, in this case coupling between the array antennas will reduce the reflecting properties of the reflector array. The purpose of the present communic...

  4. Choice of antenna geometry for microwave power transmission from solar power satellites

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    Potter, Seth D.

    1992-01-01

    A comparison is made between square and circular transmitting antennas for solar power satellite microwave power transmission. It is seen that the exclusion zone around the rectenna needed to protect populations from microwaves is smaller for a circular antenna operating at 2.45 GHz than it is for a square antenna at that frequency. If the frequency is increased, the exclusion zone size remains the same for a square antenna, but becomes even smaller for a circular antenna. Peak beam intensity is the same for both antennas if the frequency and antenna area are equal. The circular antenna puts a somewhat greater amount of power in the main lobe and somewhat less in the side lobes. Since rain attenuation and atmospheric heating remain problems above 10 GHz, it is recommended that future solar power satellite work concentrate on circular transmitting antennas at frequencies of roughly 10 GHz.

  5. Zenith Pass Problem of Inter-satellite Linkage Antenna Based on Program Guidance Method

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    Zhai Kun; Yang Di

    2008-01-01

    While adopting an elevation-over-azimuth architecture by an inter-satellite linkage antenna of a user satellite, a zenith pass problem always occurs when the antenna is tracing the tracking and data relay satellite (TDRS). This paper deals with this problem by way of,firstly, introducing movement laws of the inter-satellite linkage to predict the movement of the user satellite antenna followed by analyzing the potential pass moment and the actual one of the zenith pass in detail. A number of specific orbit altitudes for the user satellite that can remove the blindness zone are obtained. Finally, on the base of the predicted results from the movement laws of the inter-satellite linkage, the zenith pass tracing strategies for the user satellite antenna are designed under the program guidance using a trajectory preprocessor. Simulations have confirmed the reasonability and feasibility of the strategies in dealing with the zenith pass problem.

  6. Novel Ku Band Reflectarray Antenna for Satellite Communication

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    Sridhar Bilvam

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the design and analysis of Ku band reflectarray antenna using a novel crossed dumbbell (clover patch unit cell. The reflectarray is proposed for application in satellite communication more specifically for Satellite newsgathering (12.5-13.75 GHz. The clover shaped unit cell is designed for 13.07 GHz and the suitability of the unit cell is validated using the phase characteristics analysis. The effect of the elements on the performance represented by the range of the reflection phase is of prime importance. From the observation, Clover unit cell has large phase variation compared to minkowski and koch unit cells. Therefore, the main purpose of this study is to investigate and validate the novel unit cell with a wide phase characteristics and the reflectarray constructed.

  7. A Dual-Wideband Double-Layer Magnetoelectric Dipole Antenna with a Modified Horned Reflector for 2G/3G/LTE Applications

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    Botao Feng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel dual-wideband double-layer magnetoelectric dipole unidirectional antenna with a modified horned reflector for 2G/3G/LTE applications is proposed. Firstly, a double-layer electric dipole structure is presented to provide a dualwideband, whose folded lower layer mainly serves the lower frequency band while the inclined upper layer works for the upper frequency band. In addition, to reduce the size of the antenna and improve impedance matching, a new feeding structure designed with inverted U-shaped and tapered line is introduced. Finally, a modified horn-shaped reflector, instead of a ground plane, is employed to achieve stable and high gains. The antenna prototype can achieve a bandwidth of 24.4% (790 MHz–1010 MHz with a stable gain of 7.2 ± 0.6 dBi for the lower band, and a bandwidth of 67.3% (1.38 GHz–2.78 GHz with a gain of 7.5 ± 0.8 dBi for the upper band covering all the frequency bands for 2G/3G/LTE systems. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first double-layer magnetoelectric dipole antenna proposed. Compared with the existing ME dipole antennas, the proposed antenna, which is completely made of copper, can be easily fabricated at low cost and thus is practicable for 2G/3G/LTE applications.

  8. Towards planar phaseless near-field measurements of ESA's JUICE mission 600 GHz SWI reflector antenna

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    Fernandez Alvarez, Javier; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2016-01-01

    Technique (IFT) is explored. The IFT is a well-known technique which has shown good results with aperture-type antennas; furthermore, probe correction has been demonstrated to be possible in one experimental case. In this paper a series of numerical results are presented pointing to the feasibility...

  9. Circularly polarized triple band glass shaped monopole patch antenna with metallic reflector for bluetooth & wireless applications

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    Jangid, K. G.; Kulhar, V. S. [Department of Physics, Manipal University Jaipur, Jaipur-303007 (India); Choudhary, N.; Jain, P.; Sharma, B. R.; Saini, J. S.; Bhatnagar, D., E-mail: dbhatnagar-2000@rediffmail.com [Microwave Lab, Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004 (India)

    2016-03-09

    This paper presents the design and performance of strip line fed glass shaped monopole patch antenna having with overall size 30mm × 30 mm × 1.59 mm. In the patch; an eight shaped slot and in the ground plane an eight shaped ring are introduced. A metallic ground plane is also introduced at appropriate location beneath the ground plane. The proposed antenna is simulated by applying CST Microwave Studio simulator. Antenna provides circularly polarized radiations, triple broad impedance bandwidth of 203MHz (2.306GHz to 2.510GHz), 42MHz (2.685GHz to 2.757GHz) & GHz (3.63 GHz to 6.05 GHz), high flat gain (close to 5dBi) and good radiation properties in the desired frequency range. This antenna may be a very useful tool for 2.45GHz Bluetooth communication band as well as for 2.4GHz/5.2 GHz /5.8 GHz WLAN bands & 3.7GHz/5.5 GHz Wi-Max bands.

  10. 3D printed 20/30-GHz dual-band offset stepped-reflector antenna

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    Menendez, Laura G.; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Persson, Frank

    2015-01-01

    with a peak directivity of 36.7 dB and 40.4 dB at 20 and 30 GHz, respectively; this corresponds to an aperture efficiency of 61 % and 64 %, respectively. These results demonstrate that 3D printing is a viable manufacturing technology for medium-sized high-frequency antennas....

  11. Circularly polarized triple band glass shaped monopole patch antenna with metallic reflector for bluetooth & wireless applications

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    Jangid, K. G.; Choudhary, N.; Jain, P.; Sharma, B. R.; Saini, J. S.; Kulhar, V. S.; Bhatnagar, D.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents the design and performance of strip line fed glass shaped monopole patch antenna having with overall size 30mm × 30 mm × 1.59 mm. In the patch; an eight shaped slot and in the ground plane an eight shaped ring are introduced. A metallic ground plane is also introduced at appropriate location beneath the ground plane. The proposed antenna is simulated by applying CST Microwave Studio simulator. Antenna provides circularly polarized radiations, triple broad impedance bandwidth of 203MHz (2.306GHz to 2.510GHz), 42MHz (2.685GHz to 2.757GHz) & GHz (3.63 GHz to 6.05 GHz), high flat gain (close to 5dBi) and good radiation properties in the desired frequency range. This antenna may be a very useful tool for 2.45GHz Bluetooth communication band as well as for 2.4GHz/5.2 GHz /5.8 GHz WLAN bands & 3.7GHz/5.5 GHz Wi-Max bands.

  12. Dynamic analysis of the deployment for mesh reflector deployable antennas with the cable-net structure

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    Zhang, Yiqun; Li, Na; Yang, Guigeng; Ru, Wenrui

    2017-02-01

    This paper presents a dynamic analysis approach for the composite structure of a deployable truss and cable-net system. An Elastic Catenary Element is adopted to model the slack/tensioned cables. Then, from the energy standpoint, the kinetic energy, elasticity-potential energy and geopotential energy of the cable-net structure and deployable truss are derived. Thus, the flexible multi-body dynamic model of the deployable antenna is built based on the Lagrange equation. The effect of the cable-net tension on the antenna truss is discussed and compared with previous publications and a dynamic deployment analysis is performed. Both the simulation and experimental results verify the validity of the method presented.

  13. Robust FDI for A Ship-mounted Satellite Tracking Antenna: A Nonlinear Approach

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    Soltani, Mohsen; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh; Wisniewski, Rafal

    2008-01-01

    Overseas telecommunication is preserved by means of satellite communication. Tracking system postures the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellite while the external disturbances affect the antenna. Certain faults (beam sensor malfunction or signal blocking) cause interruption in the communicat......Overseas telecommunication is preserved by means of satellite communication. Tracking system postures the on-board antenna toward a chosen satellite while the external disturbances affect the antenna. Certain faults (beam sensor malfunction or signal blocking) cause interruption...... in the communication connection resulting in the loss of the tracking functionality. In this paper, an optimization based fault diagnosis system is proposed for the nonlinear model of the satellite tracking antenna (STA). The suggested method is able to estimate the fault for a class of nonlinear systems acting under...

  14. The Design and Analysis of Electrically Large Custom-Shaped Reflector Antennas

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    2013-06-01

    harmonic non -homogeneous vector wave 16 equation in Equation (2.18) can be done using the FSGF. The assumption that any vector from the surface of the... non -uniform grids, 3-Dimensional grids, and off-axis angles of incidence can be used [14] [24]. In this research, off-axis results are generated to...Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. AP-11, pp. 428–432, July 1963. [21] A. J. Terzuoli, “Class notes, eeng-625, em waves - maxwellian theory

  15. A simple ship-borne antenna stabilizer for limited area maritime satellite communication systems

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    Satoh, K.; Nakamae, M.; Mishima, H.

    1984-10-01

    This paper deals with a simple ship-borne antenna stabilizer for use in limited area multi-beam maritime satellite communication systems. A limited area system with high satellite e.i.r.p. is expected to be a more economical satellite system than a global system, because a low-gain ship-borne antenna and a simplified antenna stabilizer can be used. An optimum configuration is proposed for small size and low cost pendulum-type antenna stabilizers which are suitable for low gain ship-borne antennas. Also, a performance evaluation of the stabilizers is discussed using a statistical analysis of ship motion characteristics. Furthermore, fading characteristics of received signal strength due to antenna off-beam fluctuation and sea surface random reflection are experimentally evaluated.

  16. Bit Error Rate Due to Misalignment of Earth Station Antenna Pointing to Satellite

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    Wahyu Pamungkas

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available One problem causing reduction of energy in satellite communications system is the misalignment of earth station antenna pointing to satellite. Error in pointing would affect the quality of information signal to energy bit in earth station. In this research, error in pointing angle occurred only at receiver (Rx antenna, while the transmitter (Tx antennas precisely point to satellite. The research was conducted towards two satellites, namely TELKOM-1 and TELKOM-2. At first, measurement was made by directing Tx antenna precisely to satellite, resulting in an antenna pattern shown by spectrum analyzer. The output from spectrum analyzers is drawn with the right scale to describe swift of azimuth and elevation pointing angle towards satellite. Due to drifting from the precise pointing, it influenced the received link budget indicated by pattern antenna. This antenna pattern shows reduction of power level received as a result of pointing misalignment. As a conclusion, the increasing misalignment of pointing to satellite would affect in the reduction of received signal parameters link budget of down-link traffic.

  17. Digital-beamforming array antenna technologies for future ocean-observing satellite missions

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    Iupikov, Oleg A.; Ivashina, Marianna V.; Cappellin, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    Existing passive microwave radiometers that are used for ocean observations are limited in spatial resolution and geographic coverage, due to the limitations of traditional antenna technologies using mechanically-scanning reflectors and horn-type feeds. Future ocean observation missions call...... for new solutions, such as digitally-beamforming array feeds (DBAFs) as well as stationary and more complex reflectors. Our studies demonstrate that DBAFs can overcome the physically fundamental limitations of traditional horn feeds, and are capable of meeting all the challenging requirements for the next...

  18. Leaky wave enhanced feeds for multibeam reflectors to be used for telecom satellite based links

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    Neto, A.; Ettorre, M.; Gerini, G.; Maagt, P. de

    2012-01-01

    The use of dielectric super-layers for shaping the radiation pattern of focal plane feeds of a multibeam reflector system is discussed. Using the super-layers, it is possible to reduce the spillover from the reflectors without increasing the dimension of each aperture. The effect has been demonstrat

  19. Measurements of Antenna Surface for a Millimeter-Wave Space Radio Telescope II; Metal Mesh Surface for Large Deployable Reflector

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    Kamegai, Kazuhisa

    2012-01-01

    Large deployable antennas with a mesh surface woven by fine metal wires are an important technology for communications satellites and space radio telescopes. However, it is difficult to make metal mesh surfaces with sufficient radio-frequency (RF) performance for frequencies higher than millimeter waves. In this paper, we present the RF performance of metal mesh surfaces at 43 GHz. For this purpose, we developed an apparatus to measure the reflection coefficient, transmission coefficient, and radiative coefficient of the mesh surface. The reflection coefficient increases as a function of metal mesh surface tension, whereas the radiative coefficient decreases. The anisotropic aspects of the reflection coefficient and the radiative coefficient are also clearly seen. They depend on the front and back sides of the metal mesh surface and the rotation angle. The transmission coefficient was measured to be almost constant. The measured radiative coefficients and transmission coefficients would cause significant degr...

  20. Phased Antenna Array for Global Navigation Satellite System Signals

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    Turbiner, Dmitry (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Systems and methods for phased array antennas are described. Supports for phased array antennas can be constructed by 3D printing. The array elements and combiner network can be constructed by conducting wire. Different parameters of the antenna, like the gain and directivity, can be controlled by selection of the appropriate design, and by electrical steering. Phased array antennas may be used for radio occultation measurements.

  1. Downsizing Antenna Technologies for Mobile and Satellite Communications

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    Huang, J.; Densmore, A.; Tulintseff, A.; Jamnejad, V.

    1993-01-01

    Due to the increasing and stringent functional requirements (larger capacity, longer distances, etc.) of modern day communication systems, higher antenna gains are generally needed. This higher gain implies larger antenna size and mass which are undesirable to many systems. Consequently, downsizing antenna technology becomes one of the most critical areas for research and development efforts. Techniques to reduce antenna size can be categorized and are briefly discussed.

  2. Experimental modal analysis and dynamic strain fiber Bragg gratings for structural health monitoring of composite antenna sub-reflector

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    Panopoulou, A.; Fransen, S.; Gomez-Molinero, V.; Kostopoulos, V.

    2013-09-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a new structural health monitoring system for composite aerospace structures based on dynamic response strain measurements and experimental modal analysis techniques. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) optical sensors were used for monitoring the dynamic response of the composite structure. The structural dynamic behavior has been numerically simulated and experimentally verified by means of vibration testing. The hypothesis of all vibration tests was that actual damage in composites reduces their stiffness and produces an eigenfrequency shifting to lower values in the same sense as mass increase produces. Thus, damage was simulated by slightly varying locally the mass of the structure at different zones. The correlation between the simulated damage and the loss of stiffness was analytically defined. Experimental modal analysis based on the strain responses was conducted and the extracted strain mode shapes were the input for the damage detection expert system. A feed-forward back propagation neural network was the core of the damage detection system. The features-input to the neural network consisted of the strain mode shapes, extracted from the experimental modal analysis. Dedicated training and validation activities were carried out based on the experimental results. The system showed high reliability, confirmed by the ability of the neural network to recognize the size and the position of damage on the structure. The experiments were performed on a real structure i.e. a lightweight antenna sub-reflector, manufactured and tested at EADS CASA ESPACIO. An integrated FBG sensor network, based on the advantage of multiplexing, was mounted on the structure with optimum topology. Numerical simulation was used as a support tool at all the steps of the work. Potential applications for the proposed system are during ground qualification extensive tests of space structures and during the mission as modal analysis tool on board, being able

  3. Steerable K/Ka-Band Antenna For Land-Mobile Satellite Applications

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    Densmore, Arthur; Jamnejad, Vahraz; Woo, Kenneth

    1994-01-01

    Prototype steerable microwave antenna tracks and communicates with geostationary satellite. Designed to mount on roof of vehicle and only 10 cm tall. K/Ka-band antenna rugged and compact to suit rooftop mobile operating environment. More-delicate signal-processing and control equipment located inside vehicle.

  4. Support scattering effects on low-gain satellite antenna pattern measurements

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    Appel-Hansen, Jørgen

    1973-01-01

    The purpose of the present investigation is to determine the difference between the scattering effects from two types of supports on satellite antenna pattern measurements. The difference in scattering effects is estimated by comparing low-gain antenna patterns recorded when using a foam tower an...

  5. Antenna technology for advanced mobile communication systems

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    Rammos, Emmanuel; Roederer, Antoine; Rogard, Roger

    1988-01-01

    The onboard antenna front end is the key subsystem conditioning configuration and performance of mobile communication satellites. The objectives of this paper are to demonstrate this key role and to review L-band satellite antenna technology for earth coverage and regional applications. Multibeam arrays are first discussed, then unfurlable and inflatable reflector antennas are described. These technologies are now qualified in Europe for future mobile systems, for which the optimum choice of antenna technology has been found to be the key to efficient use of spectrum and power resources.

  6. 加载EBG反射板的圆极化偶极子天线%Circularly-Polarized Dipole Antenna with EBG Reflector

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    穆欣

    2015-01-01

    本文介绍了一种通过加载电磁带隙结构(Electromagnetic band gap, EBG)反射板来辐射圆极化电磁波的偶极子天线。该EBG反射板由矩形单元组成75阵列,印制偶极子天线谐振中心频点是5.2GHz。从仿真结果看,该偶极子天线能够有效地辐射圆极化波,阻抗带宽达到了0.65GHz,极化带宽达到了0.13GHz,天线增益达到了7.8 dB。%In this paper, an electromagnetic band gap structure is designed as a reflector for a dipole antenna which can transmit circular electromagnetic wave. The reflector comprises an array of 75 triangular units, and the antenna works at 5.2GHz. The simulated results show that the proposed antenna radiate circular electromagnetic effectively, the impendence bandwidth is 0.65GHz, the polarization bandwidth is 0.13GHz, and the gain is 7.8dB.

  7. Concepts and cost trade-offs for land vehicle antennas in satellite mobile communications

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    Haddad, H. A.

    1948-01-01

    Several antenna design concepts, operating at UHF (821 to 825 MHz transmit and 866 to 870 MHz receive bands), with gain ranging between 6 and 12 dBic, that are suitable for land mobile vehicles are presented. The antennas may be used within CONUS and ALASKA to communicate to and from a geosynchronous satellite. Depending on the type of steering mechanism, the antennas are broken down into three categories; (1) electronically scanned arrays with phase shifters, (2) electronically switched arrays with switchable power dividers/combiners, and (3) mechanically steered arrays. The operating characteristics of two of these design concepts, one a conformal antenna with electronic beam steering and the other a nonconformal design with mechanical steering, were evaluated with regard to two and three satellite system. Cost estimates of various antenna concepts were made and plotted against their overall gain performance.

  8. UHF coplanar-slot antenna for aircraft-to-satellite data communications

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    Myhre, R. W.

    1979-01-01

    The initiative for starting the Aircraft-to-Satellite Data Relay (ASDAR) Program came from a recognition that much of the world's weather originates in the data sparse area of the tropics which are primarily ocean. The ASDAR system consists of (1) a data acquisition and control unit to acquire, store and format these data; (2) a clock to time the data sampling and transmission periods; and (3) a transmitter and low-profile upper hemisphere coverage antenna to relay the formatted data via satellite to the National Weather Service ground stations, as shown schematically. The low-profile antenna is a conformal antenna based on the coplanar-slot approach. The antenna is circular polarized and has an on-axis gain of nearly 2.5 dB and a HPBW greater than 90 deg. The discussion covers antenna design, radiation characteristics, flight testing, and system performance.

  9. Effects on dynamic characters of antenna structures in satellite induced by disordered parameters

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    Liu Xiangqiu; Wang Cong; Wang Weiyuan; Zou Zhenzhu

    2009-01-01

    A simplified dynamic model of a dish antenna in satellite is established in this article. The model can be easily used to analyze the dynamic behaviour of the antenna structure. In terms of the simplified model, effects on dynamic characters due to the disorder of parameters are investigated in details. The frequencies calculated by the simplified model accord with those computed by ANSYS. Based on the mode shapes of disordered and perfect structure, the influence law and varying trend of dynamic characters of antenna structures in satellites produced by stiffness and mass of antenna ribs, stiffness of antenna membranes and angles between adjacent ribs, are obtained. The analyses in the paper indicate that the effects by disordered parameters can not be ignored in the dynamic analysis of such structures.

  10. The use of mobile satellite communication terminals

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    Law, P. A.

    The role of small portable terminals in military satellite systems is examined; the discussion embraces terminals with an antenna reflector diameter of seven meters or less. Emphasis is placed on the specification of MARMOSET (Marconi Mobile Satellite Earth Terminal). Also considered are ship-borne satellite terminals, the improved SCOT terminal, interoperability, reduced downlink power, and reliability and availability.

  11. Visibility conflict resolution for multiple antennae and multi-satellites via genetic algorithm

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    Lee, Junghyun; Hyun, Chung; Ahn, Hyosung; Wang, Semyung; Choi, Sujin; Jung, Okchul; Chung, Daewon; Ko, Kwanghee

    Satellite mission control systems typically are operated by scheduling missions to the visibility between ground stations and satellites. The communication for the mission is achieved by interacting with satellite visibility and ground station support. Specifically, the satellite forms a cone-type visibility passing over a ground station, and the antennas of ground stations support the satellite. When two or more satellites pass by at the same time or consecutively, the satellites may generate a visibility conflict. As the number of satellites increases, solving visibility conflict becomes important issue. In this study, we propose a visibility conflict resolution algorithm of multi-satellites by using a genetic algorithm (GA). The problem is converted to scheduling optimization modeling. The visibility of satellites and the supports of antennas are considered as tasks and resources individually. The visibility of satellites is allocated to the total support time of antennas as much as possible for users to obtain the maximum benefit. We focus on a genetic algorithm approach because the problem is complex and not defined explicitly. The genetic algorithm can be applied to such a complex model since it only needs an objective function and can approach a global optimum. However, the mathematical proof of global optimality for the genetic algorithm is very challenging. Therefore, we apply a greedy algorithm and show that our genetic approach is reasonable by comparing with the performance of greedy algorithm application.

  12. Cube/Small Satellite Antenna Design and Performance Optimization Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This IRAD proposal investigates and proposes different small, efficient, low cost, reliable, and robust antenna design concepts with stable electrical and radiation...

  13. An L-strip fed stacked patch antenna for maritime satellite communications

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    FU Shi-qiang; FANG Shao-jun

    2008-01-01

    A practical antenna has been designed and developed for INMARSAT mobile satellite communications. The design uses low cost materials such as foam and copper foil to create a stacked microstrip antenna array. Several techniques were adopted to enhance the impedance bandwidth and axial ratio bandwidth. The final design parameters were optimized by EM simulation. Finally, the L-strip fed six-element stacked microstrip antenna array was constructed and tested. Simulated and measured results show that in the whole INMARSAT work band, the VSWR of the antenna is less than 1.6, its antenna gain is higher than 15riB and wide-angle axial ratio (AR) 3dB is more than 21°. The antenna has been successfully used with a HNS 9201 terminal.

  14. Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna Using Lagrange Method

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    Wang, Yunlong; Nourbakhsh, S. M; Hussain, Dil muhammed Akbar

    2016-01-01

    Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna (MSTA) is a necessary device in ships for receiving satellite signals when they are sailing on the sea. This paper presents a simple methodology to obtain the dynamic equations of MSTA through Lagrange method, which is fundamental in design of modelbased...

  15. Fresnel zone and reflectarray antennas for space missions: Concepts, computational techniques and characterizations

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    Khayatian, Behrouz

    Reflector antennas generally employ parabolic shaped main reflectors and have found a wide range of applications for both earth stations and satellite systems. Increasingly, one may find many advantages in minimizing antenna shaping requirement and weight as well as more compact designs by employing flat reflectors (either on the main reflector or on the subreflector) which can achieve a desired set of criteria for antenna performance. Two electrically large antennas which use flat min reflectors are Fresnel Zone (FZ) and reflectarray antennas which are being addressed in this dissertation. Analytical techniques are proposed, implemented, and verified to analyze these reflector geometries. A two dimensional (2-D) multi-scatterer analysis is formulated and implemented using various electromagnetic scattering techniques such as Physical Optics (PO), Method of Moments (MoM), and Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD). The capability of the 2-D technique is further extended for dual reflector analysis with flat subreflector panels as well as design and analysis of FZ antennas with a proposed space missions application in solar sailing. FZ antenna design is based on establishing regions of quasi-uniform phases according to the PO current on the reflector face. The concepts extracted from the 2-D analysis of FZ reflectors is carried to the three dimensional (3-D) cases and incorporated into a multi reflector code, which has been widely used in variety of reflector applications. Like FZ antennas, reflectarrays work according to a similar set of principals by achieving a uniform phase current on the flat reflectarray surface. Accordingly, an analytical methodology is proposed and implemented within the structure of the multi-reflector code to analyze and give design criteria for both single and dual reflectarray configurations. This technique is compared to measured results published for single reflectarrays and is investigated for near-field Gregorian reflectarrays with

  16. Synthesis of offset dual reflector antennas transforming a given feed illumination pattern into a specified aperture distribution

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    Mittra, R.; Galindo-Israel, V.; Hyjazie, F.

    1982-01-01

    The problem of transforming a given primary feed pattern into a desired aperture field distribution through two reflections by an offset dual reflector system is investigated using the concepts of geometrical optics. A numerically rigorous solution for the reflector surfaces is developed which realizes an exact aperture phase distribution and an aperture amplitude distribution that is accurate to within an arbitrarily small numerical tolerance. However, this procedure does not always yield a smooth solution, i.e., the reflector surfaces thus realized may not be continuous or their slopes may vary too rapidly. In the event of nonexistence of a numerically rigorous smooth solution, an approximate solution that enforces the smoothness of the reflector surfaces can be obtained. In the approximate solution, only the requirement for the aperture amplitude distribution is relaxed, and the condition on the aperture phase distribution is continued to be satisfied exactly.

  17. Autonomous Pointing Control of a Large Satellite Antenna Subject to Parametric Uncertainty.

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    Wu, Shunan; Liu, Yufei; Radice, Gianmarco; Tan, Shujun

    2017-03-10

    With the development of satellite mobile communications, large antennas are now widely used. The precise pointing of the antenna's optical axis is essential for many space missions. This paper addresses the challenging problem of high-precision autonomous pointing control of a large satellite antenna. The pointing dynamics are firstly proposed. The proportional-derivative feedback and structural filter to perform pointing maneuvers and suppress antenna vibrations are then presented. An adaptive controller to estimate actual system frequencies in the presence of modal parameters uncertainty is proposed. In order to reduce periodic errors, the modified controllers, which include the proposed adaptive controller and an active disturbance rejection filter, are then developed. The system stability and robustness are analyzed and discussed in the frequency domain. Numerical results are finally provided, and the results have demonstrated that the proposed controllers have good autonomy and robustness.

  18. Spaceborne GPS receiver antenna phase center offset and variation estimation for the Shiyan 3 satellite

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    Gu Defeng

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available In determining the orbits of low Earth orbit (LEO satellites using spaceborne GPS, the errors caused by receiver antenna phase center offset (PCO and phase center variations (PCVs are gradually becoming a major limiting factor for continued improvements to accuracy. Shiyan 3, a small satellite mission for space technology experimentation and climate exploration, was developed by China and launched on November 5, 2008. The dual-frequency GPS receiver payload delivers 1 Hz data and provides the basis for precise orbit determination within the range of a few centimeters. The antenna PCO and PCV error characteristics and the principles influencing orbit determination are analyzed. The feasibility of PCO and PCV estimation and compensation in different directions is demonstrated through simulation and in-flight tests. The values of receiver antenna PCO and PCVs for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE and Shiyan 3 satellites are estimated from one month of data. A large and stable antenna PCO error, reaching up to 10.34 cm in the z-direction, is found with the Shiyan 3 satellite. The PCVs on the Shiyan 3 satellite are estimated and reach up to 3.0 cm, which is slightly larger than that of GRACE satellites. Orbit validation clearly improved with independent k-band ranging (KBR and satellite laser ranging (SLR measurements. For GRACE satellites, the average root mean square (RMS of KBR residuals improved from 1.01 cm to 0.88 cm. For the Shiyan 3 satellite, the average RMS of SLR residuals improved from 4.95 cm to 4.06 cm.

  19. Spaceborne GPS receiver antenna phase center offset and variation estimation for the Shiyan 3 satellite

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    Gu Defeng; Lai Yuwang; Liu Junhong; Ju Bing; Tu Jia

    2016-01-01

    In determining the orbits of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites using spaceborne GPS, the errors caused by receiver antenna phase center offset (PCO) and phase center variations (PCVs) are gradually becoming a major limiting factor for continued improvements to accuracy. Shiyan 3, a small satellite mission for space technology experimentation and climate exploration, was developed by China and launched on November 5, 2008. The dual-frequency GPS receiver payload delivers 1 Hz data and provides the basis for precise orbit determination within the range of a few centime-ters. The antenna PCO and PCV error characteristics and the principles influencing orbit determi-nation are analyzed. The feasibility of PCO and PCV estimation and compensation in different directions is demonstrated through simulation and in-flight tests. The values of receiver antenna PCO and PCVs for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and Shiyan 3 satellites are estimated from one month of data. A large and stable antenna PCO error, reaching up to 10.34 cm in the z-direction, is found with the Shiyan 3 satellite. The PCVs on the Shiyan 3 satellite are estimated and reach up to 3.0 cm, which is slightly larger than that of GRACE satellites. Orbit validation clearly improved with independent k-band ranging (KBR) and satellite laser ranging (SLR) measurements. For GRACE satellites, the average root mean square (RMS) of KBR resid-uals improved from 1.01 cm to 0.88 cm. For the Shiyan 3 satellite, the average RMS of SLR resid-uals improved from 4.95 cm to 4.06 cm.

  20. The planar parabolic optical antenna.

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    Schoen, David T; Coenen, Toon; García de Abajo, F Javier; Brongersma, Mark L; Polman, Albert

    2013-01-09

    One of the simplest and most common structures used for directing light in macroscale applications is the parabolic reflector. Parabolic reflectors are ubiquitous in many technologies, from satellite dishes to hand-held flashlights. Today, there is a growing interest in the use of ultracompact metallic structures for manipulating light on the wavelength scale. Significant progress has been made in scaling radiowave antennas to the nanoscale for operation in the visible range, but similar scaling of parabolic reflectors employing ray-optics concepts has not yet been accomplished because of the difficulty in fabricating nanoscale three-dimensional surfaces. Here, we demonstrate that plasmon physics can be employed to realize a resonant elliptical cavity functioning as an essentially planar nanometallic structure that serves as a broadband unidirectional parabolic antenna at optical frequencies.

  1. Multi-antenna synchronized global navigation satellite system receiver and its advantages in high-precision positioning applications

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    Dong, Danan; Chen, Wen; Cai, Miaomiao; Zhou, Feng; Wang, Minghua; Yu, Chao; Zheng, Zhengqi; Wang, Yuanfei

    2016-12-01

    The multi-antenna synchronized global navigation satellite system receiver is a high precision, low cost, and widely used emerging receiver. Using this type of receiver, the satellite and receiver clock errors can be eliminated simultaneously by forming between antenna single-differences, which is equivalent to the conventional double-difference model. However, current multi-antenna synchronized global navigation satellite system receiver products have not fully realized their potential to achieve better accuracy, efficiency, and broader applications. This paper introduces the conceptual design and derivable products of multi-antenna synchronized global navigation satellite system receivers involving the aspects of attitude determination, multipath effect mitigation, phase center variation correction, and ground-based carrier phase windup calibration. Through case studies, the advantages of multi-antenna synchronized global navigation satellite system receivers in high-precision positioning applications are demonstrated.

  2. 射电望远镜天线副反射面并联调整机构设计%Configuration Design of the Adjusting Parallel Mechanism for Sub-Reflector of Antenna of Radio Telescope Antenna

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    段艳宾; 李建军; 侯雨雷; 赵永生

    2013-01-01

    According to the specific requirements of the sub-reflector adjustment mechanism when the 65m diameter round movable radio telescope system observes,the Stewart platform as the Shanghai 65m radio telescope antenna sub-reflector adjustment system is proposed.Based on the optimal force of the rods when the main reflector and the sub-reflector is on the whole workspace,the configuration parameters integrated design method about the consideration to the workspace and to avoid interference between the bar and other factors is researched.Configuration parameters met the real requirements are obtained.The workspace is solved under the configuration.And the feasibility of the project is verified compared to the required workspace.The research work has an important significance in the parallel mechanism for engineering practice.%紧密结合上海天文台65m射电望远镜副反射面位姿调整任务要求,提出采用并联式Stewart平台作为副反射面调整机构,基于天线主面和副面全位姿工作状态下各杆受力最优,并兼顾工作空间及避免杆件间干涉等因素,开展副面调整机构构型综合设计,获得了满足预期性能要求的机构构型参数,并求解出该构型下机构的工作空间,验证了构型参数综合设计方法的有效性.面向实际任务进行机构设计,研究内容对并联机构真正应用于工程实践具有重要的指导意义.

  3. Development of the sandra antenna for airborne satellite communication

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    Verpoorte, J.; Schippers, H.; Jorna, P.; Hulzinga, A.; Roeloffzen, C.G.H.; Marpaung, D.A.I.; Sanadgol, B.; Baggen, R.; Wang, Qin; Noharet, B.; Beeker, W.; Leinse, A.; Heideman, R.G.

    2011-01-01

    Novel avionics communication systems are required for increasing flight safety and operational integrity, for optimizing economy of operations and for enhancing passenger services. One of the key technologies to be developed is an antenna system that will provide broadband connectivity within aircra

  4. A new approach to design of quasi-isotropic antenna systems for satellite applications

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    Schjær-Jacobsen, Hans; Hansen, J.E.

    1976-01-01

    The new approach considered takes into account the maximum error of the quasi-isotropic radiation pattern relative to the ideal pattern. A design example involving a spherical satellite with quarter wave monopoles is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new approach. An investigation...... is conducted concerning the minimax optimization of power radiation patterns. It is shown that the minimax objective represents a useful alternative to the isotropy concept in the design of quasi-isotropic antenna systems for satellite applications....

  5. A new approach to design of quasi-isotropic antenna systems for satellite applications

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    Schjær-Jacobsen, Hans; Hansen, J.E.

    1976-01-01

    The new approach considered takes into account the maximum error of the quasi-isotropic radiation pattern relative to the ideal pattern. A design example involving a spherical satellite with quarter wave monopoles is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new approach. An investigation...... is conducted concerning the minimax optimization of power radiation patterns. It is shown that the minimax objective represents a useful alternative to the isotropy concept in the design of quasi-isotropic antenna systems for satellite applications....

  6. Autonomous Pointing Control of a Large Satellite Antenna Subject to Parametric Uncertainty

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    Wu, Shunan; Liu, Yufei; Radice, Gianmarco; Tan, Shujun

    2017-01-01

    With the development of satellite mobile communications, large antennas are now widely used. The precise pointing of the antenna’s optical axis is essential for many space missions. This paper addresses the challenging problem of high-precision autonomous pointing control of a large satellite antenna. The pointing dynamics are firstly proposed. The proportional–derivative feedback and structural filter to perform pointing maneuvers and suppress antenna vibrations are then presented. An adaptive controller to estimate actual system frequencies in the presence of modal parameters uncertainty is proposed. In order to reduce periodic errors, the modified controllers, which include the proposed adaptive controller and an active disturbance rejection filter, are then developed. The system stability and robustness are analyzed and discussed in the frequency domain. Numerical results are finally provided, and the results have demonstrated that the proposed controllers have good autonomy and robustness. PMID:28287450

  7. Autonomous Pointing Control of a Large Satellite Antenna Subject to Parametric Uncertainty

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    Shunan Wu

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available With the development of satellite mobile communications, large antennas are now widely used. The precise pointing of the antenna’s optical axis is essential for many space missions. This paper addresses the challenging problem of high-precision autonomous pointing control of a large satellite antenna. The pointing dynamics are firstly proposed. The proportional–derivative feedback and structural filter to perform pointing maneuvers and suppress antenna vibrations are then presented. An adaptive controller to estimate actual system frequencies in the presence of modal parameters uncertainty is proposed. In order to reduce periodic errors, the modified controllers, which include the proposed adaptive controller and an active disturbance rejection filter, are then developed. The system stability and robustness are analyzed and discussed in the frequency domain. Numerical results are finally provided, and the results have demonstrated that the proposed controllers have good autonomy and robustness.

  8. An adaptive Multiplicative Extened Kalman Filter for Attitude Estimation of Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Wang, Yunlong; Soltani, Mohsen; Hussain, Dil muhammed Akbar

    2016-01-01

    , an adaptive Multiplicative Extended Kalman Filter (MEKF) for attitude estimation of Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna (MSTA) is presented with the measurement noise covariance matrix adjusted according to the norm of accelerometer measurements, which can significantly reduce the slamming influence from waves...

  9. The method of the antenna system positioning for satellite communication network radiomonitoring complex

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    Гребенюк, Олег Петрович

    2014-01-01

    The method of orientation of the antenna system of complex of radiomonitoring of satellite communication networks is offered. A method takes into account the features of construction and functional setting of a transport stream of standard of DVB ‑ S.

  10. Planetary gearbox condition monitoring of ship-based satellite communication antennas using ensemble multiwavelet analysis method

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    Chen, Jinglong; Zhang, Chunlin; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Zi, Yanyang; He, Shuilong; Yang, Zhe

    2015-03-01

    Satellite communication antennas are key devices of a measurement ship to support voice, data, fax and video integration services. Condition monitoring of mechanical equipment from the vibration measurement data is significant for guaranteeing safe operation and avoiding the unscheduled breakdown. So, condition monitoring system for ship-based satellite communication antennas is designed and developed. Planetary gearboxes play an important role in the transmission train of satellite communication antenna. However, condition monitoring of planetary gearbox still faces challenges due to complexity and weak condition feature. This paper provides a possibility for planetary gearbox condition monitoring by proposing ensemble a multiwavelet analysis method. Benefit from the property on multi-resolution analysis and the multiple wavelet basis functions, multiwavelet has the advantage over characterizing the non-stationary signal. In order to realize the accurate detection of the condition feature and multi-resolution analysis in the whole frequency band, adaptive multiwavelet basis function is constructed via increasing multiplicity and then vibration signal is processed by the ensemble multiwavelet transform. Finally, normalized ensemble multiwavelet transform information entropy is computed to describe the condition of planetary gearbox. The effectiveness of proposed method is first validated through condition monitoring of experimental planetary gearbox. Then this method is used for planetary gearbox condition monitoring of ship-based satellite communication antennas and the results support its feasibility.

  11. An adaptive Multiplicative Extened Kalman Filter for Attitude Estimation of Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Wang, Yunlong; Soltani, Mohsen; Hussain, Dil muhammed Akbar

    2016-01-01

    Satellite tracking is a challenging task for marine applications due to the disturbance from ocean waves. An Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) for measuring ship attitude, based on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors, is a key part for satellite tracking. In this paper......, an adaptive Multiplicative Extended Kalman Filter (MEKF) for attitude estimation of Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna (MSTA) is presented with the measurement noise covariance matrix adjusted according to the norm of accelerometer measurements, which can significantly reduce the slamming influence from waves...

  12. Adaptive array antenna for satellite cellular and direct broadcast communications

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    Horton, Charles R.; Abend, Kenneth

    1993-01-01

    Adaptive phased-array antennas provide cost-effective implementation of large, light weight apertures with high directivity and precise beamshape control. Adaptive self-calibration allows for relaxation of all mechanical tolerances across the aperture and electrical component tolerances, providing high performance with a low-cost, lightweight array, even in the presence of large physical distortions. Beam-shape is programmable and adaptable to changes in technical and operational requirements. Adaptive digital beam-forming eliminates uplink contention by allowing a single electronically steerable antenna to service a large number of receivers with beams which adaptively focus on one source while eliminating interference from others. A large, adaptively calibrated and fully programmable aperture can also provide precise beam shape control for power-efficient direct broadcast from space. Advanced adaptive digital beamforming technologies are described for: (1) electronic compensation of aperture distortion, (2) multiple receiver adaptive space-time processing, and (3) downlink beam-shape control. Cost considerations for space-based array applications are also discussed.

  13. A 2.4 GHz Cross Rhombic Antenna for a Cube Satellite Application

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    Jorge Sosa-Pedroza

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present design and construction results of a 2.4 Ghz cross rhombic antenna to be used in a cubesat. Computational design agrees with experimental results after its construction. cross rhombic antenna is a novel planar structure of our own design, presenting circular polarization and medium gain; it is built over a RF60A substrate with εr=6.15, decreasing its size to fit the required dimensions of satellite. A special characteristic of this design is the enhancing of operational bandwidth using a technique we have been studying, related to softening the structures with sharp edges. Results show applicability and success of our technique.

  14. Antenna pointing system for satellite tracking based on Kalman filtering and model predictive control techniques

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    Souza, André L. G.; Ishihara, João Y.; Ferreira, Henrique C.; Borges, Renato A.; Borges, Geovany A.

    2016-12-01

    The present work proposes a new approach for an antenna pointing system for satellite tracking. Such a system uses the received signal to estimate the beam pointing deviation and then adjusts the antenna pointing. The present work has two contributions. First, the estimation is performed by a Kalman filter based conical scan technique. This technique uses the Kalman filter avoiding the batch estimator and applies a mathematical manipulation avoiding the linearization approximations. Secondly, a control technique based on the model predictive control together with an explicit state feedback solution are obtained in order to reduce the computational burden. Numerical examples illustrate the results.

  15. A New Blind Pointing Model Improves Large Reflector Antennas Precision Pointing at Ka-Band (32 GHz)

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    Rochblatt, David J.

    2009-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)-Deep Space Network (DSN) subnet of 34-m Beam Waveguide (BWG) Antennas was recently upgraded with Ka-Band (32-GHz) frequency feeds for space research and communication. For normal telemetry tracking a Ka-Band monopulse system is used, which typically yields 1.6-mdeg mean radial error (MRE) pointing accuracy on the 34-m diameter antennas. However, for the monopulse to be able to acquire and lock, for special radio science applications where monopulse cannot be used, or as a back-up for the monopulse, high-precision open-loop blind pointing is required. This paper describes a new 4th order pointing model and calibration technique, which was developed and applied to the DSN 34-m BWG antennas yielding 1.8 to 3.0-mdeg MRE pointing accuracy and amplitude stability of 0.2 dB, at Ka-Band, and successfully used for the CASSINI spacecraft occultation experiment at Saturn and Titan. In addition, the new 4th order pointing model was used during a telemetry experiment at Ka-Band (32 GHz) utilizing the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft while at a distance of 0.225 astronomical units (AU) from Earth and communicating with a DSN 34-m BWG antenna at a record high rate of 6-megabits per second (Mb/s).

  16. System and antenna design considerations for highly elliptical orbits as applied to the proposed Archimedes Constellation

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    Paynter, C.; Cuchanski, M.

    1995-01-01

    The paper discusses various aspects of the system design for a satellite in a highly elliptical inclined orbit, and presents a number of antenna design options for the proposed Archimedes mission. A satellite constellation was studied for the provision of multi media communication services in the L and S Band for northern latitudes. The inclined elliptical orbit would allow coverage of Europe, America, and East Asia. Using Canada and North America as the baseline coverage area, this paper addresses system considerations such as the satellite configuration and pointing, beam configuration, and requirements for antennas. A trade-off is performed among several antenna candidates including a direct radiating array, a focal-fed reflector, and a single reflector imaging system. Antenna geometry, performance, and beam forming methods are described. The impact of the designs on the antenna deployment is discussed.

  17. Low Profile and Low Cost Antenna Technology for Satellite TV Reception on Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) for the US Market

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    Vazquez, F. Javier; Pearson, Robert A.; Driscoll, Barry G.

    2003-07-01

    A low profile scanning antenna for reception of satellite TV has been developed for the US market compatible with existing DBS Ku band satellite infrastructure. This antenna technology does not require active RF components and it is inherently low cost (in the order of a few hundred dollars even in moderate production volumes). The antenna is able to scan a circularly polarised beam in the range 20 to 69 degrees, covering three DBS satellites in the US including some margin for vehicle tilt. An antenna demonstrator of 115 mm height, including the radome and tracking electronics has been built and measured. Live tests were performed in the US during 2002 to determine realistic link margins and antenna specifications. A product development is currently being undertaken to turn the demonstrator unit into a product for the US market by the end of 2003.

  18. Point-actuated aperture antenna development

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    Angelino, Marc; Washington, Gregory N.

    2001-08-01

    Consistent changes in both commercial and military satellite needs have created the need for antennas with additional flexibility. Military surveillance may require the ability to focus the radiation pattern to increase the bandwidth or resolution in a certain area. Commercial satellites may need to change coverage area to meet evolving consumer needs or to compensate for adverse weather or atmospheric conditions. Recent studies on active antennas have shown that the far field radiation pattern can be changed by altering the shape of the sub reflector. In this research, we control the antenna far field radiation pattern by controlling the shape of the sub reflector using numerous point actuators placed perpendicular to the reflector surface. The PZT stack coupled with a stick-slip mechanism give the point actuators used in this design an advantage over similar studies using PZT bimorph or PVDF actuators to generate the actuation force in that the displacement can be maintained without the continuous application of voltage. An electromechanical model is used to describe the motion of the stack, and the stick slip mechanism is modeled similar to power screw-type actuators. A combined finite element/electromagnetic analysis code is used to determine the desired shape of the reflector, and the corresponding actuator displacements. The final shape of the reflector is verified using stereo photogrammetry.

  19. A Multibeam Dual-Band Orthogonal Linearly Polarized Antenna Array for Satellite Communication on the Move

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    Yi Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The design and simulation of a 10 × 8 multibeam dual-band orthogonal linearly polarized antenna array operating at Ku-band are presented for transmit-receive applications. By using patches with different coupling methods as elements, both perpendicular polarization in 12.25–12.75 GHz band and horizontal polarization in 14.0–14.5 GHz band are realized in a shared antenna aperture. A microstrip Rotman lens is employed as the beamforming network with 7 input ports, which can generate a corresponding number of beams to cover −30°–30° with 5 dB beamwidth along one dimension. This type of multibeam orthogonal linearly polarized planar antenna is a good candidate for satellite communication (SatCom.

  20. Analysis of friction effects on satellite antenna driving mechanism with clearance joints

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    Bai, Z. F.; Chen, J.; Bian, S.; Shi, X.

    2017-01-01

    The existence of clearance in joints of mechanism is inevitable. In this paper, the friction effects in clearance joints on dynamic responses of driving mechanism of satellite antenna are studied. Considering clearances in joints, the contact force model in clearance joints is established using a nonlinear continuous contact force model and the friction effect is considered by using a modified Coulomb friction model. Then the dual-axis driving mechanism of satellite antenna with clearance joints is used as the application example. The numerical simulation of dual-axis driving mechanism with clearance joints is presented. The friction effects of clearance joint on dynamic responses of the dual-axis driving mechanism are discussed and analyzed quantitatively for four cases with different friction coefficients. The investigation results show that the increase of friction coefficient will decrease the vibration amplitude of the driving mechanism system.

  1. Compact Antenna Range

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Facility consists of a folded compact antenna range including a computer controlled three axis position table, parabolic reflector and RF sources for the measurement...

  2. Compact Antenna Range

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Facility consists of a folded compact antenna range including a computer controlled three axis position table, parabolic reflector and RF sources for the measurement...

  3. Deploying process modeling and attitude control of a satellite with a large deployable antenna

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    Zhigang Xing; Gangtie Zheng

    2014-01-01

    Modeling and attitude control methods for a satellite with a large deployable antenna are studied in the present paper. Firstly, for reducing the model dimension, three dynamic models for the deploying process are developed, which are built with the methods of multi-rigid-body dynamics, hybrid coordinate and substructure. Then an attitude control method suitable for the deploying process is proposed, which can keep stability under any dynamical parameter variation. Subsequently, this attitude...

  4. A MEMS-based Adaptive AHRS for Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna

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    Wang, Yunlong; Hussain, Dil Muhammed Akbar; Soltani, Mohsen

    2015-01-01

    Satellite tracking is a challenging task for marine applications. An attitude determination system should estimate the wave disturbances on the ship body accurately. To achieve this, an Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) based on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors, composed...... of three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer, is developed for Marine Satellite Tracking Antenna (MSTA). In this paper, the attitude determination algorithm is improved using an adaptive mechanism that tunes the attitude estimator parameters based on an estimation of ship motion frequency...

  5. Low gain and steerable vehicle antennas for communications with land mobile satellite

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    Woo, K.

    1982-01-01

    Current development activities at JPL for ground mobile vehicle antennas to be used with the Land Mobile Satellite Service (LMSS) system are described. Both low gain and electronically steerable high gain type antennas are discussed in terms of their design concept and RF performance. For the low gain type, three classes of antennas are under various stages of development. These are the crossed-drooping dipole, quadrifilar helix, and microstrip patch designs. The antennas are intended to provide circularly-polarized radiation with a minimum of 3-dB gain in the angular region from 19 degrees to 60 deg from the horizon in elevation plane and with an omnidirectional pattern in azimuthal plane. For the electronically steerable high gain type, circularly-polarized microstrip patch phased arrays formed on a planar surface and on the surface of a truncated cone are under study. The arrays are intended to provide a minimum of 12 dB gain in the same angular region in elevation plane at all azimuthal angles. This coverage is accomplished by scanning the high gain pencil beam in both elevation and azimuthal directions. Both types of antennas are to transmit at 821-831 MHz band and to receive at 866-876 MHz band. They must be of low cost design and reasonably conformal to the vehicle.

  6. Consistent Long-Time Series of GPS Satellite Antenna Phase Center Corrections

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    Steigenberger, P.; Schmid, R.; Rothacher, M.

    2004-12-01

    The current IGS processing strategy disregards satellite antenna phase center variations (pcvs) depending on the nadir angle and applies block-specific phase center offsets only. However, the transition from relative to absolute receiver antenna corrections presently under discussion necessitates the consideration of satellite antenna pcvs. Moreover, studies of several groups have shown that the offsets are not homogeneous within a satellite block. Manufacturer specifications seem to confirm this assumption. In order to get best possible antenna corrections, consistent ten-year time series (1994-2004) of satellite-specific pcvs and offsets were generated. This challenging effort became possible as part of the reprocessing of a global GPS network currently performed by the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden. The data of about 160 stations since the official start of the IGS in 1994 have been reprocessed, as today's GPS time series are mostly inhomogeneous and inconsistent due to continuous improvements in the processing strategies and modeling of global GPS solutions. An analysis of the signals contained in the time series of the phase center offsets demonstrates amplitudes on the decimeter level, at least one order of magnitude worse than the desired accuracy. The periods partly arise from the GPS orbit configuration, as the orientation of the orbit planes with regard to the inertial system repeats after about 350 days due to the rotation of the ascending nodes. In addition, the rms values of the X- and Y-offsets show a high correlation with the angle between the orbit plane and the direction to the sun. The time series of the pcvs mainly point at the correlation with the global terrestrial scale. Solutions with relative and absolute phase center corrections, with block- and satellite-specific satellite antenna corrections demonstrate the effect of this parameter group on other global GPS parameters such as the terrestrial scale, station velocities, the

  7. The ACTS multibeam antenna

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    Regier, Frank A.

    1992-01-01

    The Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) to be launched in 1993 is briefly introduced. Its multibeam antenna, consisting of electrically similar 30 GHz receive and 20 GHz transmit offset Cassegrain systems, both utilizing orthogonal polarizations, is described. Dual polarization is achieved by using one feed assembly for each polarization in conjunction with nested front and back subreflectors, the gridded front subreflector acting as a window for one polarization and a reflector for the other. The antennas produce spot beams with approximately 0.3 degree beamwidth and gains of approximately 50 dbi. High surface accuracy and high edge taper produce low sidelobe levels and high cross-polarization isolation. A brief description is given of several Ka-band components fabricated for ACTS. These include multiflare antenna feedhorns, beam-forming networks utilizing latching ferrite waveguide switches, a 30 GHz HEMT low-noise amplifier and a 20 GHz TWT power amplifier.

  8. The ACTS multibeam antenna

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    Regier, Frank A.

    1992-06-01

    The Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) to be launched in 1993 is briefly introduced. Its multibeam antenna, consisting of electrically similar 30 GHz receive and 20 GHz transmit offset Cassegrain systems, both utilizing orthogonal polarizations, is described. Dual polarization is achieved by using one feed assembly for each polarization in conjunction with nested front and back subreflectors, the gridded front subreflector acting as a window for one polarization and a reflector for the other. The antennas produce spot beams with approximately 0.3 degree beamwidth and gains of approximately 50 dbi. High surface accuracy and high edge taper produce low sidelobe levels and high cross-polarization isolation. A brief description is given of several Ka-band components fabricated for ACTS. These include multiflare antenna feedhorns, beam-forming networks utilizing latching ferrite waveguide switches, a 30 GHz HEMT low-noise amplifier and a 20 GHz TWT power amplifier.

  9. The shaped millimeter-wave antenna with offset feed and dual-reflector%毫米波赋形偏馈双反射面天线技术

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    陈鑫; 屈劲; 潘文武; 余川; 陈世韬; 施美友

    2012-01-01

    A shaped scheme based on geometric optics for offset fed dual reflector antenna is presented. A ray tube emerging from a symmetric feed horn is transformed, after reflections, into a circular beam with a uniform phased and a prescribed radial power distribution on the aperture. Snell' s law was imposed on the subreflector. Based on this design solution, theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and experimental test were carried out for a 110 cm dish baseline system with a angle of 20 degrees between X axis and the beam. The experiment shows that at 95 GHz, the antenna has a 78% aperture efficiency and the minor lobe meets a -19 dB criterion and the gain is 59. 7dB.%为了实现一种具有高口面辐射效率、斜波束出射能力的口径天线,采用几何光学方法设计了一种偏馈双反射面天线.天线主反射面采用赋形设计,副反射面的设计过程中采用Snell定理作为约束条件.通过理论公式、数值模拟仿真和实验测试研究,实现了一种出射波束口径为110 cm、天线口面场分布为抛物形分布、波束出射方向与竖直方向成20°夹角的赋形偏馈双反射面天线.在中心频率95 GHz下,实测天线增益为59.7 dB,第一副瓣电平为-19dB,天线口径效率达到78%.

  10. Evolution from a hinge actuator mechanism to an antenna deployment mechanism for use on the European large communications satellite (L-SAT/OLYMPUS)

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    Death, M. D.

    1984-01-01

    The evolution of an Antenna Deployment Mechanism (ADM) from a Hinge Actuator Mechanism (HAM) is described as it pertains to the deployment of large satellite antennas. Design analysis and mechanical tests are examined in detail.

  11. A technique for measurement of earth station antenna G/T by radio stars and Applications Technology Satellites.

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    Kochevar, H. J.

    1972-01-01

    A new technique has been developed to accurately measure the G/T of a small aperture antenna using geostationary satellites and the well established radio star method. A large aperture antenna having the capability of accurately measuring its G/T by using a radio star of known power density is used to obtain an accurate G/T to use as a reference. The CNR of both the large and small aperture antennas are then measured using an Applications Technology Satellite (ATS). After normalizing the two C/N ratios to the large antenna system noise temperature the G/T or the gain G of the small aperture antenna can then be determined.

  12. Antennas.

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    1982-03-03

    used to hold the central and cardan frames holding the gears and drive mechanisms which move the shaft which turns the small reflector. Then the "yoke...to be eliminated. In order to accommuodate the optical radiator, the construction of the cardan frame provides a free area near the center of the

  13. Conversion of a 30-m former satellite communications antenna to a radio telescope

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    Deboer, David R.; Steffes, Paul G.; Glowacki, John M.

    1998-05-01

    A class of large satellite communication antennas built in the mid-1970's comprise a potential set of large antennas available for use by radio astronomers upon upgrade. With the advent of low noise technology these facilities have been superseded in the communications industry by smaller, more manageable facilities. Although many have sat idle and decaying over the intervening years, these facilities remain a potential resource for research and education. A pair of such dishes has been acquired by Georgia Tech and one of the 30 meter antennas has been completely mechanically and electrically stripped and new mechanical, control, RF, and electrical systems installed. The antenna is now driven by four continuous-speed vector-controlled three-phase AC induction motors with variable frequency vector motor drives. Sixteen bit resolution optical absolute position encoders on each axis provide telescope pointing data. Sixteen bit resolution optical absolute position encoders on each axis provide telescope pointing data. A programmable logic controller provides interlock monitoring and control. The antenna is controllable both manually via a portable remote control unit and via a Pentium PC running control software on a real-time UNIX-based platform. The manual unit allows limited control at two user-selectable speeds while computer control allows full tracking capability with accuracies of better than 0.3 arcminutes. The facility can be remotely controlled via the internet, although currently only a dedicated line is used. The antenna has been refitted with an ultra-broadband feed system capable of operating from 1-7 GHz.

  14. New Developments in Large High Performance Shaped Reflectors

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    Abegg, C.; Baril, S.

    2002-01-01

    The large shaped reflectors, currently designed and manufactured at EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES, belong to a new generation of highly precise, highly stable and low mass reflectors for C/Ku-band and up to Ka-band missions. The previous EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES flight proven design was the one presented in the past at IAF and especially in 1994 and 1995, which was already at his time the in-orbit largest (3.5m x 2.6m) rigid reflector in the world for C/Ku-band missions. Operators require higher and higher performances for telecommunication antenna. And since the antenna performances are very dependent on the reflector ones, several developments of a new generation of large shaped reflectors started in the late 1990's. The first development consists in a new concept which particularly enhances the manufacturing easiness, the manufacturing distortion performances, the in-orbit distortion performances, the mass, the versatility versus a late change of coverage and versus implementation on different platforms. An extensive qualification test campaign has been successfully achieved in 2001, with outstanding performances: 30% mass gain and 50% gain of manufacturing and in-orbit accuracy with respect to previous 1995's design for the largest 3.5m x 2.6m reflectors. In parallel, developments have been led at EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES for large Ka-band mission antenna reflectors. These developments include single and dual shell reflectors with diameters up to 1.8 m. Furthermore, antenna requirements have recently led to more and more shaped profiles to fulfil RF needs. EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES has then started a development to verify the capability to manufacture very small curvature radius around 30mm, in order to provide the best product for the satellite missions. All the necessary analyses and material/processes characterisation tests have been carried out for these developments. Qualification tests have been performed or are under progress in profile measurements, sine vibration, acoustic

  15. The geometrical theory of diffraction for axially symmetric reflectors

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    Rusch, W.; Sørensen, O.

    1975-01-01

    The geometrical theory of diffraction (GTD) (cf. [1], for example) may be applied advantageously to many axially symmetric reflector antenna geometries. The material in this communication presents analytical, computational, and experimental results for commonly encountered reflector geometries...

  16. Disturbance of flexible antenna surface on a satellite antenna%柔性天线面对星载天线的扰动研究

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    游斌弟; 赵志刚; 魏承; 赵阳

    2011-01-01

    To study disturbance of flexible antenna surface on a free-floating satellite antenna, the fixed-interface component-mode synthesis method and Lagrange's equations were used to achieve a lower order dynamic model by modal truncation. Under large scale motions, the rigid-flexible coupled dynamic model of the free-floating flexible satellite antenna was deduced through using compatibility relations at the interface between axis end and antenna surface, and neglecting the elastic deformation of the flexible antenna surface. So the model increased the computing efficiency without losing much accuracy. Finally, the free-floating satellite antenna dynamic behavior was analyzed considering the flexible antenna surface as a rigid body and a flexible one, separately. The result showed that the flexible antenna surface has little effect on the satellite base attitude and the antenna pointing at initial stage, but its own elastic vibration grows with the continuous action of joint torques; further, it makes the system vibrate and the deviations of the satellite base attitude and the antenna pointing become larger; the satellite antenna pointing accuracy is seriously affected. The results were valuable for analysis and control of satellite antenna pointing accuracy.%针对柔性天线面对星载天线的扰动问题,应用固定界面模态综合法和Lagrange方程,截取柔性天线面低阶模态,缩减星载天线系统的自由度,并通过轴末端与天线面交界面的协调关系,推导了大范围运动的星载天线刚柔耦合动力学模型,克服了忽略天线面弹性变形对刚体大范围运动的影响,所建立的耦合动力学模型计算效率高并具有足够的精度.考虑天线面为刚体和柔体情况,分别对星载天线系统进行仿真并进行对比分析,结果表明,初始时刻柔性天线面对卫星本体姿态和天线指向影响很小,随着关节力矩持续作用,激起柔性天线面震荡,加剧自身的弹性振动,进而

  17. Surface accuracy and radiation pattern characteristics of mesh deployable refector antennas

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    Ueno, Miyoshi; Ebisui, Takashi; Okamato, Teruki; Orikasa, Teruaki; Sugimoto, Toshio; Iso, Akio

    To facilitate the growth of mobile satellite communications, both an increase in the Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP) of satellites and improved frequency reuse are required to achiveve compact size, low cost terminal usage, and high channel capacity. High gain and low sidelobe antenna technology are very important for high EIRP and frequency reuse, respectively. These requirements are expected to be met by using a large deployable mesh reflector antenna, which is the key technology for future multibeam moble communications systems. In this paper, surface accruracy and related electrical characteristics are studied using a TETRUS-(Tetra Trigonal Prism Truss) type deployable mesh reflector antenna. Surface accuracy and related electrical characteristics of reflector antennas becaue any distortion of the ideal paraboloidal configuration causes antenna patterns to deteriorate, thereby reducing reflector aperture efficiency and increasing sidelobe and grating lobe levels. The sidelobe and grating lobe characteristics are especially important in frequency reuse. First, we show the problem with the radiation pattern characteristics of TETUS antenna. We then propose a new antenna configuration called the 'HYBRID TETRUS' that improves these characteristics. The mechanical performances of two partial deployable models are also described. Mechanical testing results reveal agreement between the calculated and measured values and high rigidities.

  18. Compact, low profile antennas for MSAT and mini-M and Std-M land mobile satellite communications

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    Strickland, P. C.

    1995-01-01

    CAL Corporation has developed a new class of low profile radiating elements for use in planar phased array antennas. These new elements have been used in the design of a low cost, compact, low profile antenna unit for MSAT and INMARSAT Mini-M land mobile satellite communications. The antenna unit which measures roughly 32 cm in diameter by 5 cm deep incorporates a compact LNA and diplexer unit as well as a complete, low cost, beam steering system. CAL has also developed a low profile antenna unit for INMARSAT-M land mobile satellite communications. A number of these units, which utilize a microstrip patch array design, were put into service in 1994.

  19. Large deployable antenna to be loaded on Engineering Test Satellite-8; Gijutsu shiken eisei VIII gata tosaiyo ogata tenkai antena

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    2000-03-01

    A large deployable antenna to be loaded on the Engineering Test Satellite-8, which is scheduled to be launched in 2002, is about 19m x 17m, the world largest on-satellite deployable antenna/reflection mirror, with two sets to be loaded for transmission and reception. This antenna is featured by a metallic mesh structure for the reflection surface and by a module structure in which fourteen hexagonal modules are combined comprising the entirety. While a test is conducted using the development model, verification is scheduled on the method of antenna deployment analysis examined so far and on the validity of the method for estimating the shape of the mesh reflection face under zero gravity. The results thus obtained will be reflected on the design of flight articles for which high quality is required. (translated by NEDO)

  20. Measuring Phased-Array Antenna Beampatterns with High Dynamic Range for the Murchison Widefield Array using 137 MHz ORBCOMM Satellites

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    Neben, A R; Hewitt, J N; Bernardi, G; Bowman, J D; Briggs, F; Cappallo, R J; Deshpande, A A; Goeke, R; Greenhill, L J; Hazelton, B J; Johnston-Hollitt, M; Kaplan, D L; Lonsdale, C J; McWhirter, S R; Mitchell, D A; Morales, M F; Morgan, E; Oberoi, D; Ord, S M; Prabu, T; Shankar, N Udaya; Srivani, K S; Subrahmanyan, R; Tingay, S J; Wayth, R B; Webster, R L; Williams, A; Williams, C L

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    Detection of the fluctuations in 21 cm line emission from neutral hydrogen during the Epoch of Reionization in thousand hour integrations poses stringent requirements on calibration and image quality, both of which necessitate accurate primary beam models. The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) uses phased array antenna elements which maximize collecting area at the cost of complexity. To quantify their performance, we have developed a novel beam measurement system using the 137 MHz ORBCOMM satellite constellation and a reference dipole antenna. Using power ratio measurements, we measure the {\\it in situ} beampattern of the MWA antenna tile relative to that of the reference antenna, canceling the variation of satellite flux or polarization with time. We employ angular averaging to mitigate multipath effects (ground scattering), and assess environmental systematics with a null experiment in which the MWA tile is replaced with a second reference dipole. We achieve beam measurements over 30 dB dynamic range in beam...

  1. 集中负载对大口径天线反射面精度的影响%Impact of Concentrate Load on Accuracy of Large Aperture Reflector Antenna

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    张萍

    2014-01-01

    本文详细介绍了集中负载对天线反射面精度的影响,建立了66 m天线结构有限元模型,依据模型分析结果,对集中负载引起的天线主面误差进行了分析和数值计算;引入保型设计概念,对集中负载的承载点进行了优化设计,提出了对集中载荷作用分散化、变形均匀化的处理方式。该方法在66米天线上的成功应用,证明了其可以有效的提高天线反射面精度,保障了探月二期任务的圆满完成。该方法对大口径、高精度反射面天线的研制有重要的指导意义。%Impact of concentrate load on accuracy of reflector antenna is analyzed in detail;finite element model of the 66 m-diameter antenna structure is constructed; main reflector error caused by concentrate load is analyzed based on the model analyzing result and numerical computation is conducted. Through introducing flexible design concept, bearing points of concentrate load are designed and optimized. Dispersion and uniform deformation pro-cessing approach is proposed to deal with concentrate load. Successful application of this method in the 66m-di-ameter antenna proves that this method can effectively improve the accuracy of antenna reflector, which gave great support for successful of the Lunar Exploration Phase II Program. The method provides an important guideline for development of large-diameter and high-precision reflector antenna.

  2. Land Mobile Satellite Service (LMSS): A conceptual system design and identification of the critical technologies: Part 2: Technical report

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    Naderi, F. (Editor)

    1982-01-01

    A conceptual system design for a satellite-aided land mobile service is described. A geostationary satellite which employs a large (55-m) UHF reflector to communicate with small inexpensive user antennas on mobile vehicles is discussed. It is shown that such a satellite system through multiple beam antennas and frequency reuse can provide thousands of radiotelephone and dispatch channels serving hundreds of thousands of users throughout the U.S.

  3. Large Antenna Control Methods: Current Status and Future Trends

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    Rodriguez, G.; Lin, Y. H.; Milman, M. H.

    1985-01-01

    Current methods for control of large antennas, as well as future trends required for improved performance are addressed. Some of the target missions in which these methods would be used are: the Land Mobile Satellite System (LMSS) for communications; the Satellite Surveillance (SSS) for aircraft traffic control; the orbiting Very Long Baseline Interferometer (VLBI), or QUASAT, for radio astronomy; and the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) for IR and submillimeter astronomy.

  4. PS2007 Satellite Meeting on Photosynthetic Antennas, 19-22 July 2007, Drymen, Scotland

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    Robert E. Blankenship

    2009-06-04

    A Satellite Workshop of the 14th International Congress on Photosynthesis on the topic of photosynthetic light-harvesting systems was held on 18-21 July 2007, at the Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen, Scotland, near Glasgow. This meeting continued the tradition of satellite light-harvesting conferences occurring prior to the last five international photosynthesis congresses in Japan, France, Hungary, Australia and Canada, dating from 1992. With an attendance of 124 participants, this Workshop represents an intimate gathering of scientists interested in a thorough coverage of the light-harvesting aspects of photosynthesis. A significant amount of time was set aside for discussion and poster sessions. The organizers were: Richard J. Cogdell, UK (Chairperson), Alastair T. Gardiner, UK, Conrad W. Mullineaux, UK, Robert A. Niederman, USA, Robert E. Blankenship, USA, Harry Frank, USA, Bruno Robert, France. Sessions were focused on new concepts relating to the function, regulation, assembly, photoprotection and evolution of a wide variety of antenna systems. Cutting-edge scientific methods used to study these systems that were covered included time-resolved and single-molecule spectroscopy, structure determination by X-ray diffraction, NMR and electron and atomic force microscopy, molecular genetics, protein chemistry, model systems and theory. A central theme was how emerging high-resolution structural information on antenna proteins continues to provide an enhanced understanding of areas ranging from the kinetics of energy transfer processes to the assembly of the photosynthetic apparatus.

  5. Subcutaneous implantation of satellite transmitters with percutaneous antennae into male polar bears (Ursus maritimus)

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    Mulcahy, D.M.; Garner, G.

    1999-01-01

    Male polar bears (Ursus maritimus) have not been successfully instrumented with satellite transmitters because they readily shed collar-mounted transmitters. Seven male polar bears were captured on the pack ice off the northern coast of Alaska and surgically implanted with satellite transmitters with percutaneous antennae into the subcutaneous space of the dorsal cervical region. Transmitters failed prematurely with lifetimes of 30-161 days (x?? = 97 days). Efforts to relocate implanted bears after transmitters failed were not successful. The mean number of location solutions per transmitter was 204 (range 118-369). An average of 10% and 19% of the locations were accurate to < 150 m and to 150-350 m, respectively. Our successful tracking of male polar bears, the high quality of locations obtained from transmitters with percutaneous antennae implanted in the subcutaneous space, and the low visibility of such units make further technical development worthwhile if the reason for premature failure of the transmitters can be determined. Copyright 1999 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

  6. Modeling and Simulation of Phased Array Antennas to Support Next-Generation Satellite Design

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    Tchorowski, Nicole; Murawski, Robert; Manning, Robert; Fuentes, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Developing enhanced simulation capabilities has become a significant priority for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) project at NASA as new space communications technologies are proposed to replace aging NASA communications assets, such as the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). When developing the architecture for these new space communications assets, it is important to develop updated modeling and simulation methodologies, such that competing architectures can be weighed against one another and the optimal path forward can be determined. There have been many simulation tools developed here at NASA for the simulation of single RF link budgets, or for the modeling and simulation of an entire network of spacecraft and their supporting SCaN network elements. However, the modeling capabilities are never fully complete and as new technologies are proposed, gaps are identified. One such gap is the ability to rapidly develop high fidelity simulation models of electronically steerable phased array systems. As future relay satellite architectures are proposed that include optical communications links, electronically steerable antennas will become more desirable due to the reduction in platform vibration introduced by mechanically steerable devices. In this research, we investigate how modeling of these antennas can be introduced into out overall simulation and modeling structure. The ultimate goal of this research is two-fold. First, to enable NASA engineers to model various proposed simulation architectures and determine which proposed architecture meets the given architectural requirements. Second, given a set of communications link requirements for a proposed satellite architecture, determine the optimal configuration for a phased array antenna. There is a variety of tools available that can be used to model phased array antennas. To meet our stated goals, the first objective of this research is to compare the subset of tools available to us

  7. 大型网状可展开天线的动力学与控制研究进展%Advance of Dynamics and Control of the Satellite with Large Mesh Deployable Antenna

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    刘丽坤; 周志成; 郑钢铁; 田强

    2014-01-01

    随着卫星移动通信技术的迅猛发展,为了提高卫星天线增益,普遍采用大型网状可展开抛物面天线。由于该类天线具有质量惯量大、展开过程耗时长、低刚度等特点,其展开过程和在轨正常工作期间,对卫星的动力学和姿态控制有较大影响。文章首先对大型网状可展开天线的特点及其对卫星动力学与控制的影响进行介绍,然后对大型网状可展开天线带来的动力学与控制相关问题进展进行了综述,包括:大型网状可展开天线展开状态动力学建模、展开状态试验验证、展开过程动力学建模、展开过程姿态控制及在轨天线指向控制等。最后对采用大型网状可展开天线的动力学与控制研究方向进一步需深入开展的工作提出了建议。%With the development of mobile communication technology ,the large deployable parabolic mesh reflectors are wildly used to improve the antenna gain . Considering the large inertia , long-period deployment , and low stiffness properties , these antennae have a great influence on the dynamics and control of the satellites . Firstly , the structural characteristics and its influences on the dynamic and control of the whole-satellite were introduced for the large mesh deployable antenna . Secondly , the dynamic and control problems were discussed , such as dynamic modeling of the deployed antenna , verification method of the deployed dynamic model , multi-body dynamics of the deploying antenna , deploying-process attitude control , and pointing control of the antenna , and so on . Finally , the prospects of the dynamics and control of the satellite with large deployable antenna were presented .

  8. Active Reflectors: Possible Solutions Based on Reflectarrays and Fresnel Reflectors

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    Lorena Cabria

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available An overview about some of the recent Spanish developments on active reflectors is presented. In the first part, a novel beamsteering active reflectarray is deeply studied. It is based on implementing in each elementary radiator an IQ modulator structure, in which amplitude and phase control of the scattered field is achieved. Finally, a special effort is made in offering solutions to overcome the active antenna integration problems. In the second part, the active concept is firstly extended to Fresnel reflectors. Thanks to the development of a proper simulator, this special structure can be easily analysed. This simulator allows the study of performance of this kind of reflectors and, applying evolutionary algorithms, to find optimal configurations of reflector in accordance with the given specifications for the conformal radiation pattern.

  9. Low-Cost Planar MM-Wave Phased Array Antenna for Use in Mobile Satellite (MSAT) Platforms

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    Ojaroudiparchin, Naser; Shen, Ming; Pedersen, Gert F.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a compact 8×8 phased array antenna for mobile satellite (MSAT) devices is designed and investigated. 64-elements of 22 GHz patch antennas with coaxial-probe feeds have been used for the proposed planar design. The antenna is designed on a low-cost FR4 substrate with thickness......, dielectric constant, and loss tangent of 0.8 mm, 4.3, and 0.025, respectively. The antenna exhibits good performance in terms of impedance- matching, gain and efficiency characteristics, even though it is designed using high loss substrate with compact dimension (Wsub×Lsub=55×55 mm2). The antenna has more...... than 23 dB realized gain and -0.8 dB radiation efficiency when its beam is tilted to 0o elevation. The center frequency of the designed array can be controlled by adjusting the values of the antenna parameters. Compared with the previous designs, the proposed planar phased array has the advantages...

  10. A Microstrip Second-Iteration Square Koch Dipole Antenna for TT&C Downlink Applications in Small Satellites

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    Jorge Simón

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A microstrip second-iteration square Koch dipole fractal antenna is presented. This meandered antenna has a total length of 56.56 cm including its feed gap and was printed on the diagonal of a 100 mm × 100 mm PCB card that acts as CubeSat face. The antenna that was designed to optimize space shows acceptable performance at its resonance frequency of 455 MHz within the 70-centimeter band, a band that is commonly used for TTC CubeSat subsystems. The designed fractal antenna shows a reflection coefficient below −20 dB, a VSWR below 1.2, a −10 dB bandwidth of 50 MHz, and impedance magnitude of 56 Ω, while the average maximum gain around its resonance frequency is 2.14 dBi. All these parameters make this designed antenna suitable for small satellite applications at a band where a linear λ/2 dipolar antenna working at 455 MHz would be about 32.97 cm long, which does not fit within the largest dimension of a CubeSat face corresponding to 14.14 cm.

  11. Land Mobile Satellite Service (LMSS): A conceptual system design and identification of the critical technologies. Part 1: Executive summary

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    Naderi, F. (Editor)

    1982-01-01

    A system design for a satellite aided land mobile service is described. The advanced system is based on a geostationary satellite which employs a large UHF reflector to communicate with small user antennas on mobile vehicles. It is shown that the system through multiple beam antennas and frequency reuse provides for radiotelephone and dispatch channels. It is concluded that the system is technologically feasible to provide service to rural and remote regions.

  12. The analysis of reactively loaded microstrip antennas by finite difference time domain modelling

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    Hilton, G. S.; Beach, M. A.; Railton, C. J.

    1990-01-01

    In recent years, much interest has been shown in the use of printed circuit antennas in mobile satellite and communications terminals at microwave frequencies. Although such antennas have many advantages in weight and profile size over more conventional reflector/horn configurations, they do, however, suffer from an inherently narrow bandwidth. A way of optimizing the bandwidth of such antennas by an electronic tuning technique using a loaded probe mounted within the antenna structure is examined, and the resulting far-field radiation patterns are shown. Simulation results from a 2D finite difference time domain (FDTD) model for a rectangular microstrip antenna loaded with shorting pins are given and compared to results obtained with an actual antenna. It is hoped that this work will result in a design package for the analysis of microstrip patch antenna elements.

  13. Narrow multibeam satellite ground station antenna employing a linear array with a geosynchronous arc coverage of 60 deg. I - Theory

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    Amitay, N.; Gans, M. J.

    1982-11-01

    The feasibility of using an appropriately squinted linear scan in narrow multibeam satellite ground station antennas employing phased arrays is demonstrated. This linear scan has the potential of reducing the complexity of a narrow-beam planar array to that of a linear array. Calculations for such antennas placed at cities throughout the U.S. show that the peak beam pointing error in covering the 70 deg W to 130 deg W geosynchronous equatorial arc (GEA) is under 5/1000th of a degree. Communication at a 300 MBd rate in the 12/14 GHz band can be made feasible, for a grating lobe-free scan and 0.5 deg beamwidth antenna, by using a relatively simple time equalization.

  14. Compact and broadband circularly polarized ring antenna with wide beam-width for multiple global navigation satellite systems

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    Zhang Hong-Lin; Hu Bin-Jie; Zhang Xiu-Yin

    2012-01-01

    A compact and broadband circularly polarized (CP) annular ring antenna with wide beam-width is proposed for multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in the L1 band.The annular ring is excited by two modified L-probes with quadrature phase difference.It has a 36.3% 10-dB return loss bandwidth and a 13% 3-dB axial ratio bandwidth,because of the orthogonal L-probes with 90° phase difference.The measured peak gain of the antenna is 3.9 dBic.It can detect the satellites at lower elevation as its half power beam-width (HPBW) is 113° in both the x-z and y-z planes,achieving a cross-polarization level of larger than 25 dB.Noticeably,the antenna achieves 89% size reduction compared with the conventional half wavelength patch antennas.It can be used in hand-held navigation devices of multiple GNSS such as COMPASS,Galileo,GPS and GLONASS.

  15. Phase Residual Estimations for PCVs of Spaceborne GPS Receiver Antenna and Their Impacts on Precise Orbit Determination of GRACE Satellites

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    TU Jia; GU Defeng; WU Yi; YI Dongyun

    2012-01-01

    In-flight phase center systematic errors of global positioning system (GPS) receiver antenna are the main restriction for improving the precision of precise orbit determination using dual-frequency GPS.Residual approach is one of the valid methods for in-flight calibration of GPS receiver antenna phase center variations (PCVs) from ground calibration.In this paper,followed by the correction model of spaceborne GPS receiver antenna phase center,ionosphere-free PCVs can be directly estimated by ionosphere-free carrier phase post-fit residuals of reduced dynamic orbit determination.By the data processing of gravity recovery and climate experiment (GRACE) satellites,the following conclusions are drawn.Firstly,the distributions of ionosphere-free carrier phase post-fit residuals from different periods have the similar systematic characteristics.Secondly,simulations show that the influence of phase residual estimations for ionosphere-free PCVs on orbit determination can reach the centimeter level.Finally,it is shown by in-flight data processing that phase residual estimations of current period could not only be used for the calibration for GPS receiver antenna phase center of foretime and current period,but also be used for the forecast of ionosphere-free PCVs in future period,and the accuracy of orbit determination can be well improved.

  16. Geolocation of Source Interference from a Single Satellite with Multiple Antennas

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    2014-03-01

    Systems ............................................................................ 124 a. INMARSAT Global Xpress ...7 Figure 4. Ku Band Single Antenna Footprint (from [12]). ............................................. 8 Figure 5. INMARSAT Global Xpress ...this sort of antenna system. This image is from INMARSAT’s planned Global Xpress system. Shown is the expected coverage provided by three Global

  17. Experiments with Dipole Antennas

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    Kraftmakher, Yaakov

    2009-01-01

    Employment of a data-acquisition system for data collection and calculations makes experiments with antennas more convenient and less time consuming. The determined directional patterns of the dipole antennas of different lengths are in reasonable agreement with theory. The enhancement of the signal by using a reflector is demonstrated, and a…

  18. Performance Analysis of Anti-Interference Wireless Packet Networks for LEO Micro-Satellite with Adaptive Nulling Antenna Array

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    LIU Hai-tao; HAN Fang-jing; WAN Jian-wei

    2006-01-01

    Information integrity is key to successful operations in intricacy environments in the future, especially when strong interferences exist. This paper presents the design of a novel wireless packet network receiver system for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) micro-satellites with adaptive nulling antenna arrays. It uses three types of interference suppression in cascade: namely spread spectrum, adaptive array nulling, and transform domain filtering. This paper proposes a pilot channel-aided method in order to make full advantage of this arrangement, and analyzes its throughput and delay performance using the Markov chain model. Our results show that this method can achieve excellent delay and throughput performance: When the number of array antenna is 8, its throughput increase relative to the standard Slot-ALOHA protocol is 125 %.

  19. 星载多波束天线设计%Design of Multi-beam Satellite Antennas

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    段玉虎

    2011-01-01

    给出了星栽多波束天线的设计方法、步骤和参数选择原则,给出了2个区域多点波束天线和赋形波束的设计实例,并用物理光学法计算了覆盖区域的天线方向图、覆盖区增益和频率复用时的同极化波束隔离.%The design method, procedure and principle of parameter choice for design of multi-beam satellite antennas are presented. Furthermore, the paper offers specific design examples of two-region multi-beam antennas and shaped beam. Finally, the radiation pattern and co-polarization isolation against gain and with frequency reuse of coverage area are calculated with physical-optics method.

  20. Symbol-Level Precoding with Per-antenna Power Constraints for the Multi-beam Satellite Downlink

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    Spano, Danilo; Chatzinotas, Symeon; Krause, Jens; Ottersten, Björn

    2016-01-01

    This paper tackles the problem of multi-user interference in the forward downlink channel of a multi-beam satellite system. A symbol-level precoding scheme is considered, where the data information is used, along with the channel state information, in order to exploit the multi-user interference and transform it into useful power at the receiver side. In this framework, the max-min fair problem for constructive interference is formulated and solved, under per-antenna power constraints. The co...

  1. Beam Reconfiguring Technique for Limited Angle Scanning Reflector Antenna with Phase-only Control%有限扫描反射面天线相控波束重构技术

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    刘肖萌; 高文军; 邓云凯

    2012-01-01

    该文研究一种采用聚焦馈源阵列馈电的反射面天线,相控阵馈源离开焦平面向反射面移动一定距离,位于焦散区,能够增强反射面天线的波束重构赋形能力和有限视角扫描能力.采用改进的投影矩阵法,利用仅相位控制技术,求解相控阵馈源的激励系数,有效综合了聚焦馈源偏置抛物面天线的方向图.对算例的设计达到了采用仅相位技术控制波束指向、波束赋形、旁瓣电平等性能要求,实现了相控阵馈电偏置抛物面天线的波束重构或扫描,并利用商用GRASP仿真软件验证了该文的设计结果,说明了该文方法的有效性.%Reflector antenna with defocused array feed is investigated. The phased array feed moves towards the reflector and locates at the defocused area, which can enhance the beam reconfiguring ability and limited angle scanning capability. Improved projection matrix algorithm is adopted to get the excitation coefficients of the feeding phased array under phase-only control constraint. A numerical analysis is carried out in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach. The patterns of the offset parabolic antenna fed by defocused feed array are effectively synthesized, including scanning and reconfigurable beams. The beam direction, beam-shape and side-lobe level requirements are met under phase-only control. The design results are verified by the simulation software GRASP.

  2. The Hitachi and Takahagi 32 m radio telescopes: Upgrade of the antennas from satellite communication to radio astronomy

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    Yonekura, Yoshinori; Saito, Yu; Sugiyama, Koichiro; Soon, Kang Lou; Momose, Munetake; Yokosawa, Masayoshi; Ogawa, Hideo; Kimura, Kimihiro; Abe, Yasuhiro; Nishimura, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yutaka; Fujisawa, Kenta; Ohyama, Tomoaki; Kono, Yusuke; Miyamoto, Yusuke; Sawada-Satoh, Satoko; Kobayashi, Hideyuki; Kawaguchi, Noriyuki; Honma, Mareki; Shibata, Katsunori M.; Sato, Katsuhisa; Ueno, Yuji; Jike, Takaaki; Tamura, Yoshiaki; Hirota, Tomoya; Miyazaki, Atsushi; Niinuma, Kotaro; Sorai, Kazuo; Takaba, Hiroshi; Hachisuka, Kazuya; Kondo, Tetsuro; Sekido, Mamoru; Murata, Yasuhiro; Nakai, Naomasa; Omodaka, Toshihiro

    2016-10-01

    The Hitachi and Takahagi 32 m radio telescopes (former satellite communication antennas) were so upgraded as to work at 6, 8, and 22 GHz. We developed the receiver systems, IF systems, back-end systems (including samplers and recorders), and reference systems. We measured the performance of the antennas. The system temperature including the atmosphere toward the zenith, T_sys^{ast }, is measured to be ˜30-40 K for 6 GHz and ˜25-35 K for 8 GHz. T_sys^{ast } for 22 GHz is measured to be ˜40-100 K in winter and ˜150-500 K in summer seasons, respectively. The aperture efficiency is 55%-75% for Hitachi at 6 GHz and 8 GHz, and 55%-65% for Takahagi at 8 GHz. The beam sizes at 6 GHz and 8 GHz are ˜4.6° and ˜3.8°, respectively. The side-lobe level is less than 3%-4% at 6 and 8 GHz. Pointing accuracy was measured to be better than ˜0.3° for Hitachi and ˜0.6° for Takahagi. We succeeded in VLBI observations in 2010 August, indicating good performance of the antenna. We started single-dish monitoring observations of 6.7 GHz methanol maser sources in 2012 December, and found several new sources showing short-term periodic variation of the flux density.

  3. The Planck Telescope reflectors

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    Stute, Thomas

    2004-09-01

    The mechanical division of EADS-Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen is currently engaged with the development, manufacturing and testing of the advanced dimensionally stable composite reflectors for the ESA satellite borne telescope Planck. The objective of the ESA mission Planck is to analyse the first light that filled the universe, the cosmic microwave background radiation. Under contract of the Danish Space Research Institute and ESA EADS-Astrium GmbH is developing the all CFRP primary and secondary reflectors for the 1.5-metre telescope which is the main instrument of the Planck satellite. The operational frequency ranges from to 25 GHz to 1000 GHz. The demanding high contour accuracy and surface roughness requirements are met. The design provides the extreme dimensional stability required by the cryogenic operational environment at around 40 K. The elliptical off-axis reflectors display a classical lightweight sandwich design with CFRP core and facesheets. Isostatic mounts provide the interfaces to the telescope structure. Protected VDA provides the reflecting surface. The manufacturing is performed at the Friedrichshafen premises of EADS-Space Transportation GmbH, the former Dornier composite workshops. Advanced manufacturing technologies like true angle lay-up by CNC fibre placement and filament winding are utilized. The protected coating is applied at the CAHA facilities at the Calar Alto Observatory, Spain. The exhaustive environmental testing is performed at the facilities of IABG, Munich (mechanical testing) and for the cryo-optical tests at CSL Liege. The project is in advanced state with both Qualification Models being under environmental testing. The flight models will be delivered in 2004. The paper gives an overview over the requirements and the main structural features how these requirements are met. Special production aspects and available test results are reported.

  4. Analysis of the Thermo-Elastic Response of Space Reflectors to Simulated Space Environment

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    Allegri, G.; Ivagnes, M. M.; Marchetti, M.; Poscente, F.

    2002-01-01

    The evaluation of space environment effects on materials and structures is a key matter to develop a proper design of long duration missions: since a large part of satellites operating in the earth orbital environment are employed for telecommunications, the development of space antennas and reflectors featured by high dimensional stability versus space environment interactions represents a major challenge for designers. The structural layout of state of the art space antennas and reflectors is very complex, since several different sensible elements and materials are employed: particular care must be placed in evaluating the actual geometrical configuration of the reflectors operating in the space environment, since very limited distortions of the designed layout can produce severe effects on the quality of the signal both received and transmitted, especially for antennas operating at high frequencies. The effects of thermal loads due to direct sunlight exposition and to earth and moon albedo can be easily taken into account employing the standard methods of structural analysis: on the other hand the thermal cycling and the exposition to the vacuum environment produce a long term damage accumulation which affects the whole structure. The typical effects of the just mentioned exposition are the outgassing of polymeric materials and the contamination of the exposed surface, which can affect sensibly the thermo-mechanical properties of the materials themselves and, therefore, the structural global response. The main aim of the present paper is to evaluate the synergistic effects of thermal cycling and of the exposition to high vacuum environment on an innovative antenna developed by Alenia Spazio S.p.a.: to this purpose, both an experimental and numerical research activity has been developed. A complete prototype of the antenna has been exposed to the space environment simulated by the SAS facility: this latter is constituted by an high vacuum chamber, equipped by

  5. A Deployable 4 Meter 180 to 680 GHz Antenna for the Scanning Microwave Limb Sounder

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    Cofield, Richard E.; Cohen, Eri J.; Agnes, Gregory S.; Stek, Paul C.; Livesey, Nathaniel J.; Read, William G.; Thomson, Mark W.; Kasl, Eldon

    2011-01-01

    The Scanning Microwave Limb Sounder (SMLS) is a space-borne heterodyne radiometer which will measure pressure, temperature and atmospheric constituents from thermal emission between 180 and 680 GHz. SMLS, planned for the Global Atmospheric Composition Mission of the NRC Decadal Survey, uses a novel toric Cassegrain antenna to perform both elevation and azimuth scanning. These provide better horizontal and temporal resolution and coverage than were possible with elevation-only scanning at typical Low-Earth orbit spacing in the two previous MLS satellite instruments. Development of the SMLS antenna was the focus of a 2006 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program whose phase II culminated in the fabrication and thermal stability testing of a composite demonstration model of the SMLS primary reflector. This reflector has the full 4m height and 1/3 the width planned for flight. An Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) titled "A deployable 4 Meter 180 to 680 GHz antenna for the Scanning Microwave Limb Sounder" continues development of the SMLS antenna with the study of 5 topics: 1) detailed mathematical modeling of the antenna patterns from which we simulate geophysical parameter retrievals in order to establish FOV performance requirements; 2) thorough correlation of finite element model predictions with measurements made on the SBIR reflector. We will again measure deformations of this reflector, under more flight-like thermal gradients, using higher precision metrology techniques available in a new large-aperture facility at JPL; 3) fabrication of a full-width primary reflector whose asbuilt surface figure will better meet the figure requirements of SMLS than did the SBIR reflector; 4) integration of the primary with other reflectors, and with residual front ends built in a 2007 IIP, in a breadboard antenna; and finally 5) RF testing of the breadboard on a Near Field Range at JPL. We report on significant progress in 3 areas of the current IIP: development of

  6. Satellite-aided mobile radio concepts study: Concept definition of a satellite-aided mobile and personal radio communication system

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    Anderson, R. E.

    1979-01-01

    The satellite system requires the use of a large satellite antenna and spacecraft array power of about 12 kW or more depending on the operating frequency. Technology developments needed include large offset reflector multibeam antennas, satellite electrical power sybsystems providing greater than 12 kW of power, signal switching hardware, and linearized efficient solid state amplifiers for the satellite-aided mobile band. Presently there is no frequency assignment for this service, and it is recommended that an allocation be pursued. The satellite system appears to be within reasonable extrapolation of the state of the art. It is further recommended that the satellite-aided system spacecraft definition studies and supporting technology development be initiated.

  7. 抛物面天线目标太赫兹雷达散射特性%Radar scattering characteristics of parabolic reflector antenna targets in the terahertz regime

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    李纯纯; 邓彬; 王宏强; 黎湘

    2013-01-01

    In terahertz regime,the parabolic reflector antenna (PRA) targets are electrically very large targets.The CAD model of the PRA was simulated with the electromagnetic scattering computation software CST Microwave Studio.The radar cross section(RCS)of PRA was solved by the high frequency asymptotic solver in X waveband and terahertz regime.The RCS characteristics,high range resolution profiles and inverse synthetic aperture image of the target are researched and analyzed.%抛物面天线目标在太赫兹波段下属于电大尺寸.基于电磁散射计算软件CST Microwave Studio来建立旋转对称抛物面天线目标的CAD模型,采用高频渐进法分别求解目标在太赫兹波段和X波段下的雷达散射截面,进而研究分析目标RCS特性,高分辨率一维距离像和逆合成孔径雷达像特性.

  8. Reflector homogenization

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    Sanchez, R.; Ragusa, J.; Santandrea, S. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Direction de l' Energie Nucleaire, Service d' Etudes de Reacteurs et de Modelisation Avancee, CEA de Saclay, DM2S/SERMA 91 191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)]. e-mail: richard.sanchez@cea.fr

    2004-07-01

    The problem of the determination of a homogeneous reflector that preserves a set of prescribed albedo is considered. Duality is used for a direct estimation of the derivatives needed in the iterative calculation of the optimal homogeneous cross sections. The calculation is based on the preservation of collapsed multigroup albedo obtained from detailed reference calculations and depends on the low-order operator used for core calculations. In this work we analyze diffusion and transport as low-order operators and argue that the P{sub 0} transfers are the best choice for the unknown cross sections to be adjusted. Numerical results illustrate the new approach for SP{sub N} core calculations. (Author)

  9. Cassegrain-Antenna Gain Improvement

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    Galindo, V.; Cha, A. G.; Mittra, R.

    1986-01-01

    Modified antenna feed with dual-shaped subreflectors yields 10-to20-percent improvement in efficiency of existing large-aperture paraboloidal or Cassegrainian antennas. Such offset dual-shaped subreflector (DSS) feed brings gain of existing paraboloid or Cassegrain antennas up to that of reflector antennas of more recent design at cost considerably lower than for reshaping existing reflecting surfaces. Mathematical procedures developed for synthesizing nearly optimum shapes for DSS elements of new feeds.

  10. Q-Band (37-41 GHz) Satellite Beacon Architecture for RF Propagation Experiments

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    Simmons, Rainee N.; Wintucky, Edwin G.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the design of a beacon transmitter that will be flown as a hosted payload on a geostationary satellite to enable propagation experiments at Q-band (37-41 GHz) frequencies is presented. The beacon uses a phased locked loop stabilized dielectric resonator oscillator and a solid-state power amplifier to achieve the desired output power. The satellite beacon antenna is configured as an offset-fed cut-paraboloidal reflector.

  11. Q-Band (37 to 41 GHz) Satellite Beacon Architecture for RF Propagation Experiments

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    Simons, Rainee N.; Wintucky, Edwin G.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the design of a beacon transmitter that will be flown as a hosted payload on a geostationary satellite to enable propagation experiments at Q-band (37 to 41 GHz) frequencies is presented. The beacon uses a phased locked loop stabilized dielectric resonator oscillator and a solid-state power amplifier to achieve the desired output power. The satellite beacon antenna is configured as an offset-fed cutparaboloidal reflector.

  12. Measurement of the Antenna Mesh: Characteeristics for VSOP-2/ASTRO-G

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    Ujihara, H.; Bushimata, T.

    2009-08-01

    The surface of the main reflector antenna of the VSOP-2 satellite is made of metal wire that is woven into a tense mesh. Numerical simulations are required to determine the reflectivity characteristics of the mesh which are functions of the reflecting angle, polarization and frequency of the incident radio wave and the tension of the mesh. These characteristics were measured with the tension of 200g/m, 350g/m, 500g/m.

  13. Auxetic shape memory alloy cellular structures for deployable satellite antennas: design, manufacture and testing

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    Di Maio D.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available We describe the production development and experimental tests related to an hybrid honeycomb-truss made of shape memory alloy (Ni48Ti46Cu6, and used as a demonstrator for a deployable antenna in deep-space missions. Specific emphasis is placed on the modal analysis techniques used to test the lightweight SMA structure.

  14. Reflector Surface Modelling : A European Collaboration

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    Albani, M; Balling, P.; Ettorre, M.; Gerini, G.; Maci, S.; Pontoppidan, K.; Sipus, Z.; Sjöberg, D.; Vecchi, G.; Vipiana, F.

    2007-01-01

    The topic of this paper is the work carried out in Work Package 2.3-2 of the EU network ACE. This work package is concerned with the modelling of the surfaces of modern reflector antennas. In particular the problems associated with homogenisation of periodic structures are described together with an

  15. Development of optical ground verification method for μm to sub-mm reflectors

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    Stockman, Y.; Thizy, C.; Lemaire, P.; Georges, M.; Mazy, E.; Mazzoli, A.; Houbrechts, Y.; Rochus, P.; Roose, S.; Doyle, D.; Ulbrich, G.

    2004-06-01

    Large reflectors and antennas for the IR to mm wavelength range are being planned for many Earth observation and astronomical space missions and for commercial communication satellites as well. Scientific observatories require large telescopes with precisely shaped reflectors for collecting the electro-magnetic radiation from faint sources. The challenging tasks of on-ground testing are to achieve the required accuracy in the measurement of the reflector shapes and antenna structures and to verify their performance under simulated space conditions (vacuum, low temperatures). Due to the specific surface characteristics of reflectors operating in these spectral regions, standard optical metrology methods employed in the visible spectrum do not provide useful measurement results. The current state-of-the-art commercial metrology systems are not able to measure these types of reflectors because they have to face the measurement of shape and waviness over relatively large areas with a large deformation dynamic range and encompassing a wide range of spatial frequencies. 3-D metrology (tactile coordinate measurement) machines are generally used during the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, these instruments cannot be used in the operational environmental conditions of the reflector. The application of standard visible wavelength interferometric methods is very limited or impossible due to the large relative surface roughnesses involved. A small number of infrared interferometers have been commercially developed over the last 10 years but their applications have also been limited due to poor dynamic range and the restricted spatial resolution of their detectors. These restrictions affect also the surface error slopes that can be captured and makes their application to surfaces manufactured using CRFP honeycomb technologies rather difficult or impossible. It has therefore been considered essential, from the viewpoint of supporting future ESA exploration missions, to

  16. 基于Simulink仿真的用户星天线控制系统分析%Analysis of Simulink-based antenna control system on user satellite

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    龙甲禄; 闫剑虹

    2012-01-01

    To meet the need of the antenna pointing accuracy of data relay satellite system, the antenna pointing control concept is described, and the establishment process of the link between the user satellite and data relay satellite is analyzed. A scheme for satelite-borne autonomous control is designed, A mathematic simulation of the antenna pointing control system is conducted under the Simulink circumstance. The tracking performance of the antenna control system on the user satellite is verified by the analysis of the simulation results.%为满足中继卫星系统对天线指向精度的要求,首先描述了天线指向控制概念,对用户星与中继卫星星间链路的建立过程进行了分析,并且设计了星上自主控制方案,在Simulink环境下对所设计的天线指向控制系统进行了数学仿真,最后通过对仿真结果的分析验证了用户星天线控制系统的跟踪性能.

  17. On the existence of nonsuperdirective aperture antennas with directivity patterns within desired bounds

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    Hay, S. G.; Poulton, G. T.

    1996-11-01

    The problem of creating a directivity pattern within desired upper and lower bounds using a nonsuperdirective microwave antenna of prescribed aperture is studied, and a strong necessary condition for the existence of solutions is derived. The condition is tested in cases of interest in designing satellite antennas that provide regional coverages on the Earth. For these cases, aperture fields are found which closely approach directivity limits implied by the necessary condition. Realistic designs are also obtained for shaped reflectors with simple feeds, and the results confirm the strength of the necessary condition for practical problems.

  18. Scanning beam antenna conceptual design for 20/30 GHz satellite systems

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    Smetana, J.; Sorbello, R.; Crosswell, W. F.

    1983-01-01

    The configuration described is one of four antenna system configurations developed using a variety of monolithic microwave integrated circuit module arrangements and optical systems. A parametric analysis is expected to produce a data base for the selection of design points for a variety of applications. Soon to be accomplished is the design concept of the active (lens) array, which will take into consideration such factors as, coupling effects, the space-fed power divider network design, input bias and control layout, investigation of thermal distribution, and analysis of module failure (graceful degradation).

  19. Beampattern for Multiple Antennas in Hybrid Terrestrial Satellite Communications System (HTSCS

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    Farman Ullah

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The hybrid architecture of Terrestrial and Satellite networks discussed in this paper utilizes frequency reuse. However, at the same time the frequency reuse results in Co-Channel Interference (CCI. The CCI is caused by the mobile users to the satellite end because of the strong receiver on the satellite end. Mainly, this paper will focus on to tone down the CCI and would also show that how the OFDM based adaptive beamforming can be employed to mitigate this interference. The technique which is being used to mitigate this interference is Pre-FFT adaptive beamforming also called as time domain beamforming. In this paper, main task is to mitigate the CCI which is induced by the mobile users to the satellite end and will be considered that there are J users. Out of these J users there is one desired user and rest are interferers. When the interfered data is received at the satellite end, the Pre-FFT adaptive beamforming extracts the desired user data from the interferers by applying the complex weights to the received symbol. The weight for the next symbol is then updated by Least Mean Square (LMS algorithm and then is applied to it. This process is carried out till all the desired user data is extracted from the interference signal.

  20. Square Van Atta reflector with conducting mounting flame

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    Nielsen, Erik Dragø

    1970-01-01

    the antenna elements and the reradiation from the elements as well as from the conducting plate have been taken into account. The influence of the conducting plate on the induced dipole currents has been treated using the theory of images. The scattering cross section of Van Atta reflectors with or without......A theoretical and numerical analysis of square Van Atta reflectors has been carried out with or without a conducting plate, used for mounting of the antenna elements. The Van Atta reflector investigated has antenna elements which are parallel half-wave dipoles interconnected in pairs...... by transmission lines of equal electrical length. The dipoles are placed in a plane which is parallel to the conducting plate when this is present. In the theory, each pair of antenna elements with the interconnecting transmission line is represented by an equivalent circuit. The mutual impedance between...

  1. Shuttle Millimeter Wave Communications Experiment (MWCE) antenna system development

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    1978-01-01

    An antenna system requirements report is presented. Topics reported include: (1) antenna system specifications; (2) waveguide circuitry; (3) feed horn design; (4) dish reflectors; (5) gimbal systems; and (6) summary of system design.

  2. Backfire antennas with dipole elements

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    Nielsen, Erik Dragø; Pontoppidan, Knud

    1970-01-01

    A method is set up for a theoretical investigation of arbitrary backfire antennas based upon dipole structures. The mutual impedance between the dipole elements of the antenna is taken into account, and the field radiated due to a surface wave reflector of finite extent is determined by calculating...

  3. Surface roughness estimation of a parabolic reflector

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    Casco, Nicolás A

    2010-01-01

    Random surface deviations in a reflector antenna reduce the aperture efficiency. This communication presents a method for estimating the mean surface deviation of a parabolic reflector from a set of measured points. The proposed method takes into account systematic measurement errors, such as the offset between the origin of reference frame and the vertex of the surface, and the misalignment between the surface rotation axis and the measurement axis. The results will be applied to perform corrections to the surface of one of the 30 m diameter radiotelescopes at the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronom\\'ia (IAR).

  4. Simulation of the Optical System for the ASTRO-G Offset Cassegrain Antenna

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    Kimura, K.; Toshikawa, T.; Shiroyama, N.; Kurozumi, A.; Ojima, T. K.; Abe, Y.; Yonekura, Y.; Ogawa, H.; Ujihara, H.; Murata, Y.; Tsuboi, M.; Kasuga, T.

    2009-08-01

    We are developing the satellite (ASTRO-G) for the space VLBI mission, called VSOP-2 (Hirabayashi et al. 2004). This system will have an offset cassegrain antenna, and the three multi-mode feed horns (8, 22, 43 GHz bands) will be chosen by the Cassegrain focus position. We are designing the antenna optics of the three band receivers by using the GRASP physical optics software package on simulated feed configurations. The result of these simulations shows low cross-polarization level, a good radiation pattern, and the antenna efficiencies are 63--68 percent in these bands, assuming a perfect reflector. In this paper, we present these results of simulation of ASTRO-G antenna optics.

  5. Development of Ray Tracing Algorithms for Scanning Plane and Transverse Plane Analysis for Satellite Multibeam Application

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    N. H. Abd Rahman

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Reflector antennas have been widely used in many areas. In the implementation of parabolic reflector antenna for broadcasting satellite applications, it is essential for the spacecraft antenna to provide precise contoured beam to effectively serve the required region. For this purpose, combinations of more than one beam are required. Therefore, a tool utilizing ray tracing method is developed to calculate precise off-axis beams for multibeam antenna system. In the multibeam system, each beam will be fed from different feed positions to allow the main beam to be radiated at the exact direction on the coverage area. Thus, detailed study on caustics of a parabolic reflector antenna is performed and presented in this paper, which is to investigate the behaviour of the rays and its relation to various antenna parameters. In order to produce accurate data for the analysis, the caustic behaviours are investigated in two distinctive modes: scanning plane and transverse plane. This paper presents the detailed discussions on the derivation of the ray tracing algorithms, the establishment of the equations of caustic loci, and the verification of the method through calculation of radiation pattern.

  6. gLISA: geosynchronous Laser Interferometer Space Antenna concepts with off-the-shelf satellites

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    Tinto, Massimo; Buchman, Sasha; Tilley, Scott

    2014-01-01

    We discuss two geosynchronous gravitational wave mission concepts, which we generically name gLISA. One relies on the science instrument hosting program onboard geostationary commercial satellites, while the other takes advantage of recent developments in the aerospace industry that result in dramatic satellite and launching vehicle cost reductions for a dedicated geosynchronous mission. To achieve the required level of disturbance free-fall onboard these large and heavy platforms we propose a "two-stage" drag-free system, which incorporates the Modular Gravitational Reference Sensor (MGRS) (developed at Stanford University) and does not rely on the use of micro-Newton thrusters. Although both mission concepts are characterized by different technical and programmatic challenges, individually they could be flown and operated at a cost significantly lower than those of previously envisioned gravitational wave missions. We estimate both mission concepts to cost less than 500M US$ each, and in the year 2015 we wi...

  7. Composite technology in radar equipment. Dopler Meteo radar reflector device

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    A. V. Shumov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted features of the application composite materials in radar technology for example adjustment of the development technology of the reflector antenna device DMRL-S - radar for monitoring meteorological conditions.Russian and foreign analogues DMRL-S are made of aluminum, which no longer meets modern requirements for strength and weight. Also aluminum reflectors are not temperature stable. Composite materials are characterized by higher values of specific characteristics: temporary resistance, endurance limit, stiffness, elastic modulus, and less prone to cracking. The use of such materials improves the strength, rigidity and durability.For the manufacture of the DMRL-C reflector used composite materials based on epoxy resins reinforced with fiberglass (both unidirectional and woven. To increase the rigidity and weight reflector is made in the form of three-layer sandwich fiberglass panels with honeycomb core variable height. Design work was carried out in a CAD Siemens NX8.0 / Unigraphics, through which was established mathematical model layered reflector, as well as all accessories used in the manufacture. With the program NX Nastran was held strength calculation and analysis of stiffness on the finite element method.After the manufacture of the product, we measured the standard deviation of the working surface of the reflector from the theoretical surface using a three-dimensional laser scanner. Measurements were made at different angular positions of the reflector, and when loading. It is shown that the maximum strain in the operating modes of operation across the surface of the product does not exceed 4%, which will provide the most accurate operation of the product in any position of the antenna system.As a result of this work reflector design was developed, created and verified by experimental data calculation model. Reflector antenna device of the DMRL-S was manufactured and tested. The reflector was made of reinforced

  8. 低轮廓动中通天线研究现状%Research Status of Low Profile Antennas in Satellite Communication on-the-move

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    李琳; 万继响

    2015-01-01

    针对目前卫星通信系统对天线性能、形式的需求,回顾了卫星移动通信中天线的应用背景和发展历程,对国内外低剖面动中通天线的类型进行了综述;详细介绍了平板阵列、一维和二维有源相控阵天线的工作原理和代表产品,分析了各自产品在具体使用环境中的技术指标及优缺点;进一步研究了低轮廓动中通天线的关键技术;最后对卫星移动通信天线的发展趋势进行了展望。%According to the requirements of antenna performance and profile in satellite communication, the background and development of antenna for satellite communications on-the-move is firstly reviewed and the type of the low profile anten-na for SOTM abroad is then described. Moreover, the plate antenna and the 1-D and 2-D electronic scanned active phased arrays are introduced in detail. The advantages as well as the shortcomings and the characteristics of these products under practical condition are analyzed. Furthermore, other key technologies about low profile antenna are presented. Finally, the development trend of the low profile antenna of SOTM is predicted.

  9. Thermal distortion analysis of a deployable parabolic reflector

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    Bruck, L. R.; Honeycutt, G. H.

    1973-01-01

    A thermal distortion analysis of the ATS-6 Satellite parabolic reflector was performed using NASTRAN level 15.1. The same NASTRAN finite element method was used to conduct a one g static load analysis and a dynamic analysis of the reflector. In addition, a parametric study was made to determine which parameters had the greatest effect on the thermal distortions. The method used to model the construction of the reflector is described and the results of the analyses are presented.

  10. A note on antennas: Definitions and methods

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    Bach, Henning

    1987-01-01

    Definitions of scattered and diffracted fields, originally given by R. F. Millar, are reviewed and supplemented. The definitions are used to discuss relations between results obtained by commonly used pattern prediction methods for reflector antennas....

  11. Deployable antenna kinematics using tensegrity structure design

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    Knight, Byron Franklin

    With vast changes in spacecraft development over the last decade, a new, cheaper approach was needed for deployable kinematic systems such as parabolic antenna reflectors. Historically, these mesh-surface reflectors have resembled folded umbrellas, with incremental redesigns utilized to save packaging size. These systems are typically over-constrained designs, the assumption being that high reliability necessary for space operations requires this level of conservatism. But with the rapid commercialization of space, smaller launch platforms and satellite buses have demanded much higher efficiency from all space equipment than can be achieved through this incremental approach. This work applies an approach called tensegrity to deployable antenna development. Kenneth Snelson, a student of R. Buckminster Fuller, invented Tensegrity structures in 1948. Such structures use a minimum number of compression members (struts); stability is maintain using tension members (ties). The novelty introduced in this work is that the ties are elastic, allowing the struts to extend or contract, and in this way changing the surface of the antenna. Previously, the University of Florida developed an approach to quantify the stability and motion of parallel manipulators. This approach was applied to deployable, tensegrity, antenna structures. Based on the kinematic analyses for the 3-3 (octahedron) and 4-4 (square anti-prism) structures, the 6-6 (hexagonal anti-prism) analysis was completed which establishes usable structural parameters. The primary objective for this work was to prove the stability of this class of deployable structures, and their potential application to space structures. The secondary objective is to define special motions for tensegrity antennas, to meet the subsystem design requirements, such as addressing multiple antenna-feed locations. This work combines the historical experiences of the artist (Snelson), the mathematician (Ball), and the space systems engineer

  12. Internal Calibration of HJ-1-C Satellite SAR System

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    Yang Zhen

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The HJ-1-C satellite is a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR satellite of a small constellation for environmental and disaster monitoring. At present, it is in orbit and working well. The SAR system uses a mesh reflector antenna and centralized power amplifier, and has an internal calibration function in orbit. This study introduces the internal calibration modes and signal paths. The design and realization of the internal calibrator are discussed in detail. Finally, the internal calibration data acquired in orbit are also analyzed.

  13. The Position and Attitude of Sub-reflector Modeling for TM65 m Radio Telescope

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    Sun, Z. X.; Chen, L.; Wang, J. Q.

    2016-01-01

    In the course of astronomical observations, with changes in angle of pitch, the large radio telescope will have different degrees of deformation in the sub-reflector support, back frame, main reflector etc, which will lead to the dramatic decline of antenna efficiency in both high and low elevation. A sub-reflector system of the Tian Ma 65 m radio telescope has been installed in order to compensate for the gravitational deformations of the sub-reflector support and the main reflector. The position and attitude of the sub-reflector are variable in order to improve the pointing performance and the efficiency at different elevations. In this paper, it is studied that the changes of position and attitude of the sub-reflector have influence on the efficiency of antenna in the X band and Ku band. A model has been constructed to determine the position and attitude of the sub-reflector with elevation, as well as the point compensation model, by observing the radio source. In addition, antenna efficiency was tested with sub-reflector position adjusted and fixed. The results show that the model of sub-reflector can effectively improve the efficiency of the 65 m radio telescope. In X band, the aperture efficiency of the radio telescope reaches more than 60% over the entire elevation range.

  14. A Novel Offset Fresnel Zone Plate Antenna

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    2000-01-01

    A novel offset Fresnel Zone Plate reflector Antenna (FZPA) is proposed, the phase correcting zone of this FZPA is elliptic. Based on Physical Optics Method, the focusing characteristics of the reflector are analyzed. The comparison of this new FZPA with the circular FZPA and Mawzones FZPA is made.

  15. Satellite Microwave Communication Signal Degradation Due To Hall Thruster Plasma Plumes

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    Wiley, J. C.; Hallock, G. A.; Spencer, E. A.; Meyer, J. W.; Loane, J. T.

    2001-10-01

    We have developed a geometric optics vector ray-tracing code, BeamServer, for analyzing the effects of Hall thruster plasma plumes on satellite microwave communication signals. The possible effects include main beam attenuation and squinting, side lobe degradation, and induced cross-polarization. We report on a study of Hall current thruster (HCT) mounting positions on a realistic satellite configuration and a study with a highly shaped reflector. Results indicate HCT signal degradation can occur and should be considered in the satellite design process. Initial results of antenna pattern perturbations due to low frequency plume oscillations driven by thruster instabilities are also given.

  16. Design on configurations of multi-beam antenna of LEO communication satellite%LEO通信卫星多波束天线构型方案设计

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    赵星惟; 吕源; 刘会杰; 梁旭文

    2011-01-01

    We present systematic analysis and planning of multi-beam antenna based on the features of LEO communication satellite. First, the reasons for adopting multi-beam antenna system are analyzed. Calculations of system parameters within the satellite coverage range are performed based on 7-beam equal-coverage-area scheme. System parameters, like beam width and beam angle, are given. Then, the scheme of array antenna is elaborated and analyzed. Some beamforming and multiplexing schemes are designed and analyzed.%针对低轨道(LEO)通信卫星的特点,进行星载多波束天线的系统级分析和规划.首先,对天线体制选择多波束天线的原因进行了论述.基于卫星覆盖范围的指标,进行了7波束等覆盖面积方案下波束指标的计算,给出了波束宽度、夹角等系统指标.然后对阵列天线方案进行了详细论述.最后对波束形成方案以及复用方案进行了设计和分析.

  17. Metamaterial-based "sabre" antenna

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    Hafdallah Ouslimani, Habiba; Yuan, Tangjie; Kanane, Houcine; Priou, Alain; Collignon, Gérard; Lacotte, Guillaume

    2014-05-01

    The "sabre" antenna is an array of two monopole elements, vertically polarized with omnidirectional radiation patterns, and placed on either side of a composite material on the tail of an airplane. As an in-phase reflector plane, the antenna uses a compact dual-layer high-impedance surface (DL-HIS) with offset mushroom-like Sivenpiper square shape unit cells. This topology allows one to control both operational frequency and bandgap width, while reducing the total height of the antenna to under λ0/36. The designed antenna structure has a wide bandwidth higher than 24% around 1.4 GHz. The measurements and numerical simulations agree very well.

  18. Control system of satellite TV antenna of strapdown shipborne%捷联式船载卫星电视天线控制系统

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    秦爱民; 闫英敏; 闫建生; 靳英卫

    2011-01-01

    With the progress of the society and the improvements of information technology, people need more TV programmes through satellite networks while moving. A strapdown shipborne satellite TV antenna control system based on DSP is introduced. The architectures of the software and hardware of the control system are given, and the functions of different components are described in detail. The stabilization and the automatic tracking are realized in this antenna control system for satellite television.%随着社会的进步和信息化技术的提高,人们对移动中通过卫星网路接收卫星电视节目的需求越来越大.介绍了基于DSP的捷联式船载卫星电视天线控制系统,阐述了系统软硬件的结构及各部分的功能,实现了船载卫星电视天线的稳定与自动跟踪卫星.

  19. Hybrid antenna synthesis for reconfigurable contoured beams

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    Searle, A. D.; Westcott, B. S.

    1993-08-01

    A reflector illuminated by a small phased array is an attractive antenna configuration for systems requiring reconfigurable contoured beams. The use of a shaped reflector can provide control of the feed power distribution and antenna geometry. A systematic reflector synthesis technique based on geometric optics is formulated, using complex coordinate notation and illustrated by application to a simple design requirement. Results demonstrate that geometric shaping can be successfully applied to systems with distributed sources, and that significant beam reconfiguration can be achieved by phase-only control of the feed array.

  20. Large deployable reflectors for telecom and earth observation applications

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    Scialino, L.; Ihle, A.; Migliorelli, M.; Gatti, N.; Datashvili, L.; van `t Klooster, K.; Santiago Prowald, J.

    2013-12-01

    Large deployable antennas are one of the key components for advanced missions in the fields of telecom and earth observation. In the recent past, missions have taken on board large deployable reflector (LDR) up to 22 m of diameter and several missions have already planned embarking large reflectors, such as the 12 m of INMARSAT XL or BIOMASS. At the moment, no European LDR providers are available and the market is dominated by Northrop-Grumman and Harris. Consequently, the development of European large reflector technology is considered a key step to maintain commercial and strategic competitiveness (ESA Large Reflector Antenna Working Group Final Report, TEC-EEA/2010.595/CM, 2010). In this scenario, the ESA General Study Project RESTEO (REflector Synergy between Telecom and Earth Observation), starting from the identification of future missions needs, has identified the most promising reflector concepts based on European heritage/technology, able to cover the largest range of potential future missions for both telecom and earth observation. This paper summarizes the activities and findings of the RESTEO Study.

  1. Structures for remotely deployable precision antennas

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    Hedgepeth, J. M.

    1989-01-01

    Future space missions such as the Earth Science Geostationary Platform (ESGP) will require highly accurate antennas with apertures that cannot be launched fully formed. The operational orbits are often inaccessible to manned flight and will involve expendable launch vehicles such as the Delta or Titan. There is therefore a need for completely deployable antenna reflectors of large size capable of efficiently handling millimeter wave electromagnetic radiation. The parameters for the type of mission are illustrated. The logarithmic plot of frequency versus aperture diameter shows the regions of interest for a large variety of space antenna applications, ranging from a 1500-meter-diameter radio telescope for low frequencies to a 20-meter-diameter infrared telescope. For the ESGP, a major application is the microwave radiometry at high frequencies for atmospheric sounding. Almost all existing large antenna reflectors for space employ a mesh-type reflecting surface. Examples are shown and discussed which deal with the various structural concepts for mesh antennas. Fortunately, those concepts are appropriate for creating the very large apertures required at the lower frequencies for good resolution. The emphasis is on the structural concepts and technologies that are appropriate to fully automated deployment of dish-type antennas with solid reflector surfaces. First the structural requirements are discussed. Existing concepts for fully deployable antennas are then described and assessed relative to the requirements. Finally, several analyses are presented that evaluate the effects of beam steering and segmented reflector design on the accuracy of the antenna.

  2. Large-scale Optimization of Contoured Beam Reflectors and Reflectarrays

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    Borries, Oscar; Sørensen, Stig B.; Jørgensen, Erik;

    2016-01-01

    Designing a contoured beam reflector or performing a direct optimization of a reflectarray requires a mathematical optimization procedure to determine the optimum design of the antenna. A popular approach, used in the market-leading TICRA software POS, can result in computation times on the order...

  3. Frequency Selective Surfaces for extended Bandwidth backing reflector functions

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    Pasian, M.; Neto, A.; Monni, S.; Ettorre, M.; Gerini, G.

    2008-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) to increase the Efficiency × Bandwidth product in Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) antenna arrays whose efficiency is limited by the front-to-back ratio. If the backing reflector is realized in one metal plane solution its location will be sui

  4. A method for producing a shaped contour radiation pattern using a single shaped reflector and a single feed

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    Cherrette, Alan R.; Lee, Shung-Wu; Acosta, Roberto J.

    1989-01-01

    Eliminating the corporate feed network in shaped contour beam antennas will reduce the expense, weight, and RF loss of the antenna system. One way of producing a shaped contour beam without using a feed network is to use a single shaped reflector with a single feed element. For a prescribed contour beam and feed, an optimization method for designing the reflector shape is given. As a design example, a shaped reflector is designed to produce a continental U.S. coverage (CONUS) beam. The RF performance of the shaped reflector is then verified by physical optics.

  5. 卫星便携站天线自动对星系统的设计与实现%Design and implement of satellite auto-aiming system on antenna of satellite portable station

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    胡明; 王星全; 郑振华; 杨华

    2012-01-01

    In the porcess of narrow-beam portable station antenna aiming the satellite, there are three problems: finding the satellite difficulty, aiming the satellite long-time and low-precision. In this article, an auto-aim instrument on equipment is designed and implemented. This instrument based on PIC singlechip can implement rapid, automatic and precise aiming the satellite by collecting and porcessing the data from GPS and sensors and signal strength module, controling stepping motors to adjust the azimuth and elevation of portable station antenna. Using this system, we can reduce the time, improve the precision in aiming the satellite and prove the efficiency of communication markedly.%针对卫星便携站窄波束天线找星难度大、对星耗时多、对星精度差的问题,设计并实现了一个附加在实装设备上的自动对星工具,以PIC单片机为核心,通过采集和处理GPS数据、方位俯仰传感器数据和卫星信号强度数据,控制高精度步进电机自动调整便携站天线方位角和俯仰角,从而实现快速、自动、精确对星.通过使用高精度步进电机代替传统手工操作,能够明显缩短对星时间、提高对星精度,且体积较小、安装拆卸容易、携带方便,显著提高了通信效能.

  6. Field Of View Of A Spacecraft Antenna: Analysis And Software

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    Wu, Te-Kao; Kipp, R.; Lee, S. W.

    1995-01-01

    Report summarizes computational analysis of field of view of rotating elliptical-cross-section parabolic-reflector antenna for SeaWinds spacecraft. Issues considered include blockage and diffraction by other objects near antenna, related concerns about electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility, and how far and in which configuration other objects positioned with respect to antenna to achieve required performance.

  7. Photogrammetry Of A Parabolic Antenna

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    Merrick, W. D.; Lansing, F. L.; Stoller, F. W.; Lobb, V. B.

    1988-01-01

    Surface measured with accuracy better than 10 to the negative fifth power times diameter. Report describes use of advanced close-range photogrammetry to determine deviations of 34-m-diameter antenna main reflector and subreflector from nominal paraboloidal shapes. Measurements enable removal of linear offsets and angular misalignments of subreflector, with consequent increase of 4 percent in aperture efficiency.

  8. A New Space Robot End-Effector for On-Orbit Reflector Assembly

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    2005-07-13

    Space antennas with hexagonal reflectors are planed for ETS-VIII and for VSOP -2. These antennas will be deployed in orbit, but could be a good prototype...Hirabayashi, P.G. Edwards and D.W.Murphy, Proceedings of the VSOP Symposium(2000) [3] S.Nishida, R.Okamura: "Onboard Assembling of Large Space Telescope by

  9. Development of a broadband and squint-free Ku-band phased array antenna system for airborne satellite communications

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    Marpaung, D.A.I.; Roeloffzen, C.G.H.; Beeker, W.P.; Beeker, Willem; Noharet, Bertrand; Verpoorte, Jaco; Baggen, Rens

    Novel avionic communication systems are required for various purposes, for example to increase the flight safety and operational integrity as well as to enhance the quality of service to passengers on board. To serve these purposes, a key technology that is essential to be developed is an antenna

  10. CNGS Reflector installed

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    2006-01-01

    A major component that will help target the CNGS neutrino beam for its 732km journey through the earth's crust, from CERN to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy, has been installed in its final position. The transport of the huge magnetic horn reflector through the CNGS access gallery. A team from CNGS and TS/IC, and the contractors DBS, transported the magnetic horn reflector on 5th December, in a carefully conducted operation that took just under two hours. The reflector is 7m long, 1.6m in diameter and 1.6 tonnes in weight. With only a matter of centimetres to spare on either side, the reflector was transported through the CNGS access gallery, before being installed in the experiment's target chamber. The larger of two magnetic horns, the reflector will help refocus sprays of high energy pions and kaons emitted after a 0.5MW stream of protons from the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) strikes nucleons in a graphite target. The horns are toroidal magnetic lenses and work with high pulsed currents: 150 kA f...

  11. Capture Scheme of the Antenna in Ka-band for Launch Vehicle Based on Tracking and Data Relay Satellite%运载火箭Ka频段天基测控的天线捕获方法

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    宫长辉; 曾贵明; 张恒

    2011-01-01

    In order to transmit the space-based signal, the capture and track between the tracking and data relay satellite(TDRS) antenna and the user's aerocraft antenna should be completed firstly. In this paper, the uncertain area of the antenna scan is analyzed, adopting antenna-scan capture scheme for capturing the antenna on TORS by the phased-array antenna on launch vehicle. The values of the antenna array and EIRP are conformed and the capture time is given by computer simulation.%为实现天基信息的传输,首先要完成中继卫星天线与用户飞行器天线之间的捕获与跟踪.针对箭载相控阵天线对中继卫星的捕获,采用Ka频段相控阵天线扫描捕获策略,分析了天线扫描的不确定区域,确定了天线阵元数及EIRP值,给出了捕获时间的仿真结果,为工程应用提供参考.

  12. The fabrication and surface tolerance measurements of the JPL clear aperture microwave antenna

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    Carpenter, J.; Rocci, S.; Chian, C. T.

    1982-01-01

    Present ground station microwave antennas of the Deep Space Network are of the symmetric dual reflector (cassegrainian) type. An investigation is being made of alternative high-performance offset antenna designs which have a clear aperture (no reflector or structural blockage) with shaped reflector surfaces. A 1.5-m, 32-GHz clear aperture model was built for experimental studies. The unique processes of fabrication, surface measurement, and alignment are described.

  13. Simulating Global AeroMACS Airport Ground Station Antenna Power Transmission Limits to Avoid Interference With Mobile Satellite Service Feeder Uplinks

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    Wilson, Jeffrey D.

    2013-01-01

    The Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS), which is based upon the IEEE 802.16e mobile wireless standard, is expected to be implemented in the 5091 to 5150 MHz frequency band. As this band is also occupied by Mobile Satellite Service feeder uplinks, AeroMACS must be designed to avoid interference with this incumbent service. The aspects of AeroMACS operation that present potential interference are under analysis in order to enable the definition of standards that assure that such interference will be avoided. In this study, the cumulative interference power distribution at low Earth orbit from transmitters at global airports was simulated with the Visualyse Professional software. The dependence of the interference power on antenna distribution, gain patterns, duty cycle, and antenna tilt was simulated. As a function of these parameters, the simulation results are presented in terms of the limitations on transmitter power from global airports required to maintain the cumulative interference power under the established threshold.

  14. Space communication link propagation data for selected cities within the multiple beam and steerable antenna coverage areas of the advanced communications technology satellite

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    Manning, Robert M.

    1988-01-01

    Rain attenuation propagation data for 68 cities within the coverage area of the multiple beam and steerable antennas of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) are presented. These data provide the necessary data base for purposes of communication link power budgeting and rain attenuation mitigation controller design. These propagation parameters are derived by applying the ACTS Rain Attenuation Prediction Model to these 68 locations. The propagation parameters enumerated in tabular form for each location are as follows: (1) physical description of the link and location (e.g., latitude, longitude, antenna elevation angle, etc.), link availability versus attenuation margin (also in graphical form), fading time across fade depths of 3, 5, 8, and 15 dB versus fade duration, and required fade control response time for controller availabilities of 99.999, 99.99, 99.9, and 99 percent versus sub-threshold attenuation levels. The data for these specific locations can be taken to be representative of regions near these locations.

  15. Experimental Study of a Membrane Antenna Surface Adaptive Control System

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    Fang, H.; Quijano, U.; Bach, V.; Hill, J.; Wang, K. W.

    2011-01-01

    Due to their ultra lightweight and high packaging efficiency, membrane reflectors are getting more and more attentions for mission architectures that need extremely large inspace deployable antennas. However how to maintain the surface shape of a membrane reflector to the instrument precision requirements is a very challenging problem. This experimental study investigated using PVDF membrane piezoelectric material as actuators to control the surface figures of membrane reflectors. The feasibility of this approach is demonstrated by several sets of test results.

  16. Breakthroughs in Low Profile Leaky Wave HPM Antennas

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    2016-10-17

    schemes to compensate, at least in part, for the gain-degrading effects of aperture curvatures have also been studied. Our computation of far-fields...HPM antenna leveraging a combination of a pyramidal feed horn, a paraboloidal trans-reflector, and a flat twist-reflector (Koslover, 2003). This

  17. Development of Full-Scale Ultrathin Shell Reflector

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    Durmuş Türkmen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available It is aimed that a new ultrathin shell composite reflector is developed considering different design options to optimize the stiffness/mass ratio, cost, and manufacturing. The reflector is an offset parabolic reflector with a diameter of 6 m, a focal length of 4.8 m, and an offset of 0.3 m and has the ability of folding and self-deploying. For Ku-band missions a full-scale offset parabolic reflector antenna is designed by considering different concepts of stiffening: (i reflective surface and skirt, (ii reflective surface and radial ribs, and (iii reflective surface, skirt, and radial ribs. In a preliminary study, the options are modeled using ABAQUS finite element program and compared with respect to their mass, fundamental frequency, and thermal surface errors. It is found that the option of reflective surface and skirt is more advantageous. The option is further analyzed to optimize the stiffness/mass ratio considering the design parameters of material thickness, width of the skirt, and ply angles. Using the TOPSIS method is determined the best reflector concept among thirty different designs. Accordingly, new design can be said to have some advantages in terms of mass, natural frequency, number of parts, production, and assembly than both SSBR and AstroMesh reflectors.

  18. Piecewise-Planar Parabolic Reflectarray Antenna

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    Hodges, Richard; Zawadzki, Mark

    2009-01-01

    The figure shows a dual-beam, dualpolarization Ku-band antenna, the reflector of which comprises an assembly of small reflectarrays arranged in a piecewise- planar approximation of a parabolic reflector surface. The specific antenna design is intended to satisfy requirements for a wide-swath spaceborne radar altimeter, but the general principle of piecewise-planar reflectarray approximation of a parabolic reflector also offers advantages for other applications in which there are requirements for wideswath antennas that can be stowed compactly and that perform equally in both horizontal and vertical polarizations. The main advantages of using flat (e.g., reflectarray) antenna surfaces instead of paraboloidal or parabolic surfaces is that the flat ones can be fabricated at lower cost and can be stowed and deployed more easily. Heretofore, reflectarray antennas have typically been designed to reside on single planar surfaces and to emulate the focusing properties of, variously, paraboloidal (dish) or parabolic antennas. In the present case, one approximates the nominal parabolic shape by concatenating several flat pieces, while still exploiting the principles of the planar reflectarray for each piece. Prior to the conception of the present design, the use of a single large reflectarray was considered, but then abandoned when it was found that the directional and gain properties of the antenna would be noticeably different for the horizontal and vertical polarizations.

  19. Effects of atmospheric turbulence on microwave and millimeter wave satellite communications systems. [attenuation statistics and antenna design

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    Devasirvatham, D. M. J.; Hodge, D. B.

    1981-01-01

    A model of the microwave and millimeter wave link in the presence of atmospheric turbulence is presented with emphasis on satellite communications systems. The analysis is based on standard methods of statistical theory. The results are directly usable by the design engineer.

  20. Structure design and mechanical measurement of inflatable antenna

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    Xu, Yan; Guan, Fu-ling

    2012-07-01

    This paper deals with the initial shape analysis, cutting-pattern analysis, surface accuracy measurement and modal testing of high-precision inflatable antennas reflectors that are intended for spaceflight applications. The initial shape analysis method, formulated on the basis of membrane theory and elastic mechanics, determines the required as-manufactured shape of the reflective surface of the antenna reflector. On the other hand, the cutting-pattern analysis method, with its formulation based on spring-mass representations, numerically calculates the required cutting pattern of the planar membrane gores that are to be assembled to form the 3-dimensional reflective surface. To validate the effectiveness of the proposed analysis methods, a 3.2-m antenna reflector model was designed, manufactured, and assembled for ground demonstration and testing. The reflective surface accuracy of this demonstration reflector model was measured by a photogrammetric measuring system. Shape adjustments of the reflective surface were performed by systematically adjusting the tension in the cables that were used to mount the reflector to its support structure. It was found that the reflective surface accuracy of the reflector model, as defined by its RMS error from a best-fit parabolic shape, was less than 1 mm. In addition, dynamic and RF tests were also performed on the demonstration reflector model. The test results indicated that the first-mode frequency of the reflector model agreed well with the corresponding analytical prediction, and its radiation pattern was also well focused.

  1. Reflectors to Focus Wave Energy

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    Kramer, Morten; Frigaard, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Wave Energy Converters (WEC’s) extract wave energy from a limited area, often a single point or line even though the wave energy is generally spread out along the wave crest. By the use of wave reflectors (reflecting walls) the wave energy is effectively focused and increased by approximately 30......-50%. Clearly longer wave reflectors will focus more wave energy than shorter wave reflectors. Thus the draw back is the increased wave forces for the longer wave reflectors. In the paper a procedure for calculating the energy efficiency and the wave forces on the reflectors are described, this by use of a 3D...... boundary element method. The calculations are verified by laboratory experiments and a very good agreement is found. The paper gives estimates of possible power benefit for different wave reflector geometries and optimal geometrical design parameters are specified. On this basis inventors of WEC’s can...

  2. Antennas for light and plasmons

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    Dikken, Dirk Jan Willem

    2015-01-01

    Antennas have been used for over a century as emitters, scatterers and receivers of electromagnetic waves. All wireless communication devices, such as radio, mobile phones and satellite communication are strongly dependent on the capability of an antenna to localize propagating electromagnetic waves

  3. 基于通信卫星的非对称圆环毫米波微带天线%Asymmetric ring millimeter-wave microstrip antenna based on communications satellite

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    张宁; 张霞

    2013-01-01

    针对毫米波微带天线的特点,设计了一种可用于通信卫星的天线.该天线在辐射贴片的顶部开了个渐变的缝隙并在天线体上方放置矩形槽形成耦合,从而达到展宽天线带宽的效果,在天线单元的基础上分析了该天线的阵列形式.采用基于时域有限积分算法的CST三维电磁仿真软件对该设计进行仿真,分析结果表明在设计的工作频带范围内,该天线具有较好的带宽范围和较高的增益,且结构小巧简单,具有较高实用价值.%An antenna for communications satellites based on characteristics of millimeter wave microstrip antenna is researched.To broadening the bandwidth,the antenna opened a gradient in the gap at the top of the radiation patch and at the top of the antenna body placed rectangular groove where is formed coupling.Analysis on the basis of the antenna elements,the antenna array have achieved.Simulation of the design using 3D electromagnetic simulation software CST which is used on time domain finite integration algorithm,the analysis results show that in the design of the work within the frequency range the antenna having a better bandwidth range,high directional gain,simple structure and easy to be fabricated in the design band.

  4. Study on In-Orbit Test Methods for Antenna Coverage of Geostationary Communication Satellites%同步轨道通信卫星天线覆盖图在轨测试方法

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    许国庆; 毛新宏; 贺中人; 杨丽

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of in-orbit tests on the antenna pattern of geostationary communication satellites is to verify consistency of the stationed satellite footprint with the designed coverage area,and to analyze the influence of antenna thermal deformation caused by solar radiation on the coverage characteristics.This paper describes relevant in-orbit test methods,e.g.maneuvering satellite attitude method,moving antenna platform method and using movable earth station method,for three types of antennas used on satellites,fixed shaped antenna,zone beam antenna and movable spot beam antenna.A solution by using transponder telemetry parameters and multiple stations in maneuvering satellite attitude is studied and a challenge of saving precious fuel and measuring as much pattern cuts as possible is effectively resolved.In-orbit tests are performed on a fixed shaped antenna and a movable spot beam antenna of a real satellite.The test results show good agreement with theoretical characteristics,proving feasibility of the methods.Finally,the measurement uncertainty of the solution is analyzed.%同步轨道通信卫星天线覆盖图在轨测试的目的是检验卫星入轨后上下行覆盖图与设计覆盖区域的一致性,以及太阳照射产生的天线热变形等因素对覆盖特性的影响.针对卫星上常用的固定赋形波束天线、区域波束天线和可移动点波束天线等类型的星载天线在轨测试问题,分析了几种在轨测试方法的原理,包括偏置卫星姿态法、转动天线平台法以及使用移动测量站的方法,提出了偏置卫星姿态法中融合转发器遥测参数判决和多站联合在轨测试的解决方案,有效解决了既要节省宝贵的燃料又要尽可能测量多条切线方向图的工程难题.对真星的固定赋形波束天线和可移动点波束天线进行了在轨测试,测试结果与实际特性吻合很好,验证了方法的可行性.最后,针对融合遥测参数判决的多站联合偏置

  5. Analysis of a microstrip reflectarray antenna for microspacecraft applications

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    Huang, J.

    1995-01-01

    A microstrip reflectarray is a flat reflector antenna that can be mounted conformally onto a spacecraft's outside structure without consuming a significant amount of spacecraft volume and mass. For large apertures (2 m or larger), the antenna's reflecting surface, being flat, can be more easily and reliably deployed than a curved parabolic reflector. This article presents the study results on a microstrip reflect-array with circular polarization. Its efficiency and bandwidth characteristics are analyzed. Numerous advantages of this antenna system are discussed. Three new concepts using this microstrip reflectarray are also proposed.

  6. Antenna Characterization for the Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurements (WISM)

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    Lambert, Kevin M.; Miranda, Felix A.; Romanofsky, Robert R.; Durham, Timothy E.; Vanhille, Kenneth J.

    2015-01-01

    Experimental characterization of the antenna for the Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurement (WISM) under development for the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Instrument Incubator Program (IIP), is discussed. A current sheet antenna, consisting of a small, 6x6 element, dual-linear polarized array with integrated beamformer, feeds an offset parabolic reflector, enabling WISM operation over an 8 to 40 GHz frequency band. An overview of the test program implemented for both the feed and the reflector antenna is given along with select results for specific frequencies utilized by the radar and radiometric sensors of the WISM.

  7. Antenna Characterization for the Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurements

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    Lambert, Kevin M.; Miranda, Felix A.; Romanofsky, Robert R.; Durham, Timothy E.; Vanhille, Kenneth J.

    2015-01-01

    Experimental characterization of the antenna for the Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurements (WISM) under development for the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Instrument Incubator Program (IIP), is discussed. A current sheet antenna, consisting of a small, 6x6 element, dual-linear polarized array with integrated beamformer, feeds an offset parabolic reflector, enabling WISM operation over an 8 to 40 GHz frequency band. An overview of the test program implemented for both the feed and the reflector antenna is given along with select results for specific frequencies utilized by the radar and radiometric sensors of the WISM.

  8. Millimeter-wave antennas configurations and applications

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    du Preez, Jaco

    2016-01-01

    This book comprehensively reviews the state of the art in millimeter-wave antennas, traces important recent developments and provides information on a wide range of antenna configurations and applications. While fundamental theoretical aspects are discussed whenever necessary, the book primarily focuses on design principles and concepts, manufacture, measurement techniques, and practical results. Each of the various antenna types scalable to millimeter-wave dimensions is considered individually, with coverage of leaky-wave and surface-wave antennas, printed antennas, integrated antennas, and reflector and lens systems. The final two chapters address the subject from a systems perspective, providing an overview of supporting circuitry and examining in detail diverse millimeter-wave applications, including high-speed wireless communications, radio astronomy, and radar. The vast amount of information now available on millimeter-wave systems can be daunting for researchers and designers entering the field. This b...

  9. Advanced Manufacture of Reflectors

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    Angel, Roger [University of Arizona

    2014-12-17

    The main project objective has been to develop an advanced gravity sag method for molding large glass solar reflectors with either line or point focus, and with long or short focal length. The method involves taking standard sized squares of glass, 1.65 m x 1.65 m, and shaping them by gravity sag into precision steel molds. The method is designed for high volume manufacture when incorporated into a production line with separate pre-heating and cooling. The performance objectives for the self-supporting glass mirrors made by this project include mirror optical accuracy of 2 mrad root mean square (RMS), requiring surface slope errors <1 mrad rms, a target not met by current production of solar reflectors. Our objective also included development of new methods for rapidly shaping glass mirrors and coating them for higher reflectivity and soil resistance. Reflectivity of 95% for a glass mirror with anti-soil coating was targeted, compared to the present ~94% with no anti-soil coating. Our mirror cost objective is ~$20/m2 in 2020, a significant reduction compared to the present ~$35/m2 for solar trough mirrors produced for trough solar plants. During the first year a custom batch furnace was built to develop the method with high power radiative heating to simulate transfer of glass into a hot slumping zone in a production line. To preserve the original high polish of the float glass on both front and back surfaces, as required for a second surface mirror, the mold surface is machined to the required shape as grooves which intersect the glass at cusps, reducing the mold contact area to significantly less than 1%. The mold surface is gold-plated to reflect thermal radiation. Optical metrology of glass replicas made with the system has been carried out with a novel, custom-built test system. This test provides collimated, vertically-oriented parallel beams from a linear array of co-aligned lasers translated in a perpendicular direction across the reflector. Deviations of

  10. Advanced Manufacture of Reflectors

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    Angel, Roger [Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)

    2014-12-17

    The main project objective has been to develop an advanced gravity sag method for molding large glass solar reflectors with either line or point focus, and with long or short focal length. The method involves taking standard sized squares of glass, 1.65 m x 1.65 m, and shaping them by gravity sag into precision steel molds. The method is designed for high volume manufacture when incorporated into a production line with separate pre-heating and cooling. The performance objectives for the self-supporting glass mirrors made by this project include mirror optical accuracy of 2 mrad root mean square (RMS), requiring surface slope errors less than 1 mrad rms, a target not met by current production of solar reflectors. Our objective also included development of new methods for rapidly shaping glass mirrors and coating them for higher reflectivity and soil resistance. Reflectivity of 95% for a glass mirror with anti-soil coating was targeted, compared to the present ~94% with no anti-soil coating. Our mirror cost objective is ~$20/m2 in 2020, a significant reduction compared to the present ~$35/m2 for solar trough mirrors produced for trough solar plants.

  11. Smart antennas

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    Godara, Lal Chand

    2004-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Antenna GainPhased Array AntennaPower Pattern Beam Steering Degree of Freedom Optimal AntennaAdaptive AntennaSmart AntennaSummary NARROWBAND PROCESSINGSignal Model Conventional BeamformerNull Steering BeamformerOptimal BeamformerOptimization Using Reference SignalBeam Space Processing Effect of ErrorsNotation and AbbreviationsReferencesADAPTIVE PROCESSINGSample Matrix Inversion AlgorithmUnconstrained Least Mean Squares AlgorithmNormalized Least Mean Squares AlgorithmConstrained

  12. Fourpoint antenna

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    2003-01-01

    Wideband antennas with omnidirectional coverage have both military and commercial applications. In one embodiment, the Planar Inverted Cone Antenna (PICA) is composed of a single flat element vertically mounted above a ground plane. A geometry of Planar Inverted Cone Antenna (PICA) is based on the conventional circular-disc antenna with trimmed top part having the shape of a planar-inverted cone, in a second embodiment, the Fourpoint antenna also provides balanced impedance over the operating...

  13. Research on Predicting Drive Current of Shipborne Satcom Antenna

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    Kong Jinping; Xu Zhengfeng; Wu Botao

    2015-01-01

    Predicting the effect of antenna wind load on servo system precisely is meaningful to ensure the safety of satcom antenna on operation, which can avoid overload operation. In this paper, the computational fluid dynamics is used to proceed numerical computation on the pressure distribution of the reflector and torque of drive shaft under different wind speed, windward angle and angle of pitch of the antenna. The simulation model is built under MATLAB/Simulink simulation environment, and the dr...

  14. Freeform reflectors for architectural lighting.

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    Zhu, Ruidong; Hong, Qi; Zhang, Hongxia; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2015-12-14

    We propose an improved method to design freeform reflectors for architectural lighting: one for accent lighting and another for large area wall washing. The designed freeform reflectors effectively distribute light fluxes over the target surfaces, and generate appropriate illumination patterns for comfortable visual environments, which provides greater flexibility for lighting designs, allows many challenging designs, and improves energy-efficiency simultaneously.

  15. Environmental Degradation of Solar Reflectors

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    Bouquet, F. L.

    1985-01-01

    Report presents results of study of atmospheric degradation of large solar reflectors for power generators. Three general types of reflective surfaces investigated. Report also describes computer buildup and removal (by rain and dew) of contamination from reflectors. Data used to determine effects of soil buildup and best method and frequency of washing at various geographic locations.

  16. Cold Crystal Reflector Filter Concept

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    Muhrer, G

    2014-01-01

    In this paper the theoretical concept of a cold crystal reflector filter will be presented. The aim of this concept is to balance the shortcoming of the traditional cold polycrystalline reflector filter, which lies in the significant reduction of the neutron flux right above (in energy space) or right below (wavelength space) the first Bragg edge.

  17. Communication satellite technology trends

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    Cuccia, Louis

    1986-01-01

    A chronology of space-Earth interconnectivity is presented. The Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) system, Land Mobile Satellite, space-Earth antennas, impact of antenna size on coverage, intersatellite links are outlined. This presentation is represented by graphs and charts only.

  18. Analysis, Implementation and Considerations for Liquid Crystals as a Reconfigurable Antennas Solution (LiCRAS) for Space

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    Doyle, Derek

    The space industry has predominantly relied on high gain reflector dish antenna apertures for performing communications, but is constantly investing in phase array antenna concepts to provide increased signal flexibility at reduced system costs in terms of finances and system resources. The problem with traditional phased arrays remains the significantly greater program cost and complexity added to the satellite by integrating arrays of antenna elements with dedicated amplifier and phase shifters to perform adaptive beam forming. Liquid Crystal Reflectarrays (LiCRas) offer some of the electrical beam forming capability of a phased array system with the component and design complexity in lines with a traditional reflector antenna aperture but without the risks associated with mechanical steering systems. The final solution is believed to be a hybrid approach that performs in between the boundaries set by the two current disparate approaches. Practical reflectarrays have been developed since the 90's as a means to control reflection of incident radiation off a flat structure that is electrically curved based on radiating elements and their reflection characteristics with tailored element phase delay. In the last decade several methods have been proposed to enable tunable reflectarrays where the electrical shape of the reflector can be steered by controlling the resonating properties of the elements on the reflector using a DC bias. These approaches range from complex fast switching MEMS and ferroelectric devices, to more robust but slower chemical changes. The aim of this work is to investigate the feasibility of a molecular transition approach in the form of liquid crystals which change permittivity based on the electrical field they are subjected to. In this work, particular attention will be paid to the impact of space environment on liquid crystal reflectarray materials and reflector architectures. Of particular interest are the effects on performance induced by

  19. Single Band Helical Antenna in Axial Mode

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    Parminder Singh

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Helical antennas have been widely used in a various useful applications, due to their low weight and low profile conformability, easy and cheap realization.Radiation properties of this antenna are examined both theoretically and experimentally. In this paper, an attempt has been made to investigate new helical antenna structure for Applications. CST MWS Software is used for the simulation and design calculations of the helical antennas. The axial ratio, return loss, VSWR, Directivity, gain, radiation pattern is evaluated. Using CST MWS simulation software proposed antenna is designed/simulated and optimized. The antenna exhibits a single band from 0 GHz to 3 GHz for GPS and several satellite applications

  20. 47 CFR 25.209 - Antenna performance standards.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Antenna performance standards. 25.209 Section... SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS Technical Standards § 25.209 Antenna performance standards. (a) The gain of any antenna to be employed in transmission from an earth station in the fixed-satellite service shall lie...

  1. Design of multi-layer circularly polarized microstrip antenna in satellite navigation receiver system%卫星导航接收机系统中的多层圆极化微带天线设计

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    王喜龙; 魏昆

    2015-01-01

    Several circularly polarized receiving antennas with different frequency in small space are placed on satellite naviga⁃tion receiver system. The double⁃deck circularly polarized antenna,which receives signals from the GPS with L1 frequency point and L2 frequency point is studied and designed to save space. The double⁃deck antenna consists of two separate single feed point antenna,which is working at L1 frequency range and L2 frequency range independently,right⁃hand circular polarization and left⁃hand circular polarization of the antenna is working as receiving antenna and sending antenna. It′s easy to debug and in⁃stall since the antenna is processed with 4 mm thickness composite material. The simulation analysis and optimization proved that the designed antenna with high gain,excellent polarization and qualifies bandwidth requirement,and it is suitable for satel⁃lite navigation receiver system application.%卫星导航接收机系统有时需要在较小的区域中放置多个不同频率的圆极化接收天线。通过研究并设计出一种GPS的L1和L2双频点双层叠放圆极化天线,可以在很大程度上节约空间。该天线上下层是两个独立的单馈点天线,可以分别在L1和L2频段独立工作,分别为右旋圆极化和左旋圆极化,可作接收天线和发射天线。天线由厚度为4 mm的复合材料加工而成,调试和组装均比较方便。经过仿真分析优化,设计的天线增益较高,极化特性优良,带宽满足要求,完全适合于卫星导航接收机系统的应用。

  2. An FSS-Backed 20/30 GHz Circularly Polarized Reflectarray for a Shared Aperture L- and Ka-Band Satellite Communication Antenna

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    Smith, Thomas Gunst; Gothelf, Ulrich; Kim, Oleksiy S.

    2014-01-01

    A shared aperture antenna for simultaneous operation at L- (1525 to 1661 MHz) and Ka-band (19.7 to 20.2 GHz and 29.5 to 30.0 GHz) is demonstrated. This stacked antenna consists of a Ka-band reflectarray antenna with a frequency selective surface (FSS) ground-plane above an L-band patch array...... antenna. The reflectarray is based on the concentric dual split-loop element backed by a concentric dual-loop FSS element. The reflectarray comprises 80 × 80 elements and it is printed on a 40 ×40 cm2 Rogers 5880 substrate, while the L-band antenna is a 2 × 2 patch array. The reflectarray antenna has been...

  3. On the Design of Radar Corner Reflectors for Deformation Monitoring in Multi-Frequency InSAR

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    Garthwaite, Matthew C.

    2017-01-01

    Trihedral corner reflectors are being increasingly used as point targets in deformation monitoring studies using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) techniques. The frequency and size dependence of the corner reflector Radar Cross Section (RCS) means that no single design can perform equally in all the possible imaging modes and radar frequencies available on the currently orbiting Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites. Therefore, either a corner reflector design tailored to ...

  4. Installing the antenna for STELLA

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    1979-01-01

    The 3 metre diameter antenna for the STELLA satellite communication project is lowered into position on the roof of the Computer Building (see Weekly Bulletin 48/79 and CERN Courier 19 (1979) 444). STELLA stands for Satellite Transmission Experiment Linking Laboratories.

  5. 卫星电视天线射频电路中LC压控振荡器设计%LC VCO Design of Satellite TV Antenna RF Circuit

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    王魏; 黎希; 宫召英; 马晓英; 杨丽君; 王岳生

    2012-01-01

    A monolithic integrated voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with low power, low phase noise and wide tuning range used in the satellite TV antenna RF circuit is designed. The PMOS tail current source and a MIM capacitor array structure is used so as to effectively reduce the phase noise,and ensure the enough tuning range. The proposed VCO achieved a tuning rang of 3.364 -4.022 GHz,and the central frequency is 3.7 GHz,the phase noise is -90.4 dBc/Hz at 100 Hz and -119.1 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz offset while dissipating2.5 mW from 1.8 V supply.%设计了一款应用于卫星电视天线电路中低功耗、低相噪的宽带单片集成压控振荡器.该振荡器利用PMOS尾电流源和MIM电容阵列结构.在保证调谐范围的前提下,有效地降低了相位噪声.使得该压控振荡器实现了3.384 ~4.022 GHz频段的覆盖,在中心频率为3.7 GHz时,100 Hz和1 MHz频偏处的相位噪声分别为-90.4 dBc/Hz和-119.1 dBc/Hz,工作电压下为1.8V,功耗仅为2.5 mW.

  6. Plasma Antenna

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    N M Vijay

    2014-01-01

    The fundamental base of plasma antenna is the use of an ionized medium as a conductor. The plasma antenna is a radiofrequency antenna formed by a plasma columns, Filaments or sheets, which are excited by a surface wave. The relevance of this device is how rapidly it can be turned on and off, only applying an electrical pulse. Besides its wide carrier frequency, the great directivity and controllable antenna shape. Otherwise a disadvantage is that it needs energy to be ionized....

  7. Effect of random surface errors on radiation characteristics of the side-fed offset Cassegrain antenna

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    LIU Shao-dong; JIAO Yong-chang; ZHANG Fu-shun

    2006-01-01

    In this paper the average power pattern of the side-fed offset Cassegrain (SFOC) dual reflector antenna is analyzed,and the effect of the random surface error on radiation characteristics of the antenna is introduced.Here,the random surface error is defined as the error of the standard reflector in its normal direction and the errors in a small zone of the reflector are considered as equal.We also assume that the phase error on the aperture led by the random surface error obeys a Gaussian distribution with zero mean,under which the expression of the average power pattern is deduced.Finally,the data related to the radiation characteristics of the antenna are calculated and the corresponding curves are presented.The obtained results can be used for the user to determine the manufacturing accuracy of the reflector of the SFOC antennas.

  8. Non-standard antennas

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    Le Chevalier, Francois; Staraj, Robert

    2013-01-01

    This book aims at describing the wide variety of new technologies and concepts of non-standard antenna systems - reconfigurable, integrated, terahertz, deformable, ultra-wideband, using metamaterials, or MEMS,  etc, and how they open the way to a wide range of applications, from personal security and communications to multifunction radars and towed sonars, or satellite navigation systems, with space-time diversity on transmit and receive. A reference book for designers  in this lively scientific community linking antenna experts and signal processing engineers.

  9. Reflectors for SAR performance testing.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter

    2008-01-01

    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) performance testing and estimation is facilitated by observing the system response to known target scene elements. Trihedral corner reflectors and other canonical targets play an important role because their Radar Cross Section (RCS) can be calculated analytically. However, reflector orientation and the proximity of the ground and mounting structures can significantly impact the accuracy and precision with which measurements can be made. These issues are examined in this report.

  10. 可收展卫星天线用金属网技术研究进展%Advances on the Metal Gauzes in Drawing -in and Opening -up Satellite Antenna

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    赛兴鹏; 秦庆彦

    2011-01-01

    随着卫星通信技术的不断发展,对卫星天线的口径要求越来越大,收展工作特性要求越来越高,这使天线用金属网材料和成网技术得到了较快发展.文章介绍了国外可收展星载卫星天线的概况,分析了天线用金属网面材料、网面织构参数、成网技术的发展,以及我国金属网的研究和应用发展状况.%With the rapid development of the satellite communication techniques, the requirements for large bore size and high working performances of the satellite antenna are increasing. The metal gauzes materials and knitting techniques have progressed rapidly. The general situations of the drawing - in and opening- up satellite antenna are introduced in the present paper, including the metal gauzes materials,wire size parameters and knitting techniques. The paper also covers the achievements made in China on metal gauzes.

  11. An Efficient Beam Steerable Antenna Array Concept for Airborne Applications

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    Aliakbarian, H.; Van der Westhuizen, E.; Wiid, R.; Volskiy, V.; R. Wolhuter; G. A. E. Vandenbosch

    2014-01-01

    Deployment of a satellite borne, steerable antenna array with higher directivity and gain in Low Earth Orbit makes sense to reduce ground station complexity and cost, while still maintaining a reasonable link budget. The implementation comprises a digitally beam steerable phased array antenna integrated with a complete system, comprising the antenna, hosting platform, ground station, and aircraft based satellite emulator to facilitate convenient aircraft based testing of the antenna array and...

  12. Nonuniform sampling techniques for antenna applications

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    Rahmat-Samii, Yahya; Cheung, Rudolf Lap-Tung

    1987-01-01

    A two-dimensional sampling technique, which can employ irregularly spaced samples (amplitude and phase) in order to generate the complete far-field patterns is presented. The technique implements a matrix inversion algorithm, which depends only on the nonuniform sampled data point locations and with no dependence on the actual field values at these points. A powerful simulation algorithm is presented to allow a real-life simulation of many reflector/feed configurations and to determine the usefulness of the nonuniform sampling technique for the copolar and cross-polar patterns. Additionally, an overlapped window concept and a generalized error simulation model are discussed to identify the stability of the technique for recovering the field data among the nonuniform sampled data. Numerical results are tailored for the pattern reconstruction of a 20-m offset reflector antenna operating at L-band. This reflector is planned to be used in a proposed measurement concept of large antenna aboard the Space Shuttle, whereby it would be almost impractical to accurately control the movement of the Shuttle with respect to the RF source in prescribed directions in order to generate uniform sampled points. Also, application of the nonuniform sampling technique to patterns obtained using near-field measured data is demonstrated. Finally, results of an actual far-field measurement are presented for the construction of patterns of a reflector antenna from a set of nonuniformly distributed measured amplitude and phase data.

  13. Calibration and performance analysis on channel mismatch of multi-beam antenna on satellites%星载多波束天线通道误差特性分析及校准

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    赵星惟; 龚文斌; 梁旭文

    2012-01-01

    针对星载多波束天线幅相误差对天线性能影响较大的问题,通过对多波束发射天线的射频通道在不同温度下的幅相特性进行试验测定,得到了通道幅相特性与温度的对应关系,发现不同通道的幅相特性与通道温度的关系曲线在给定温度区间内基本呈线性关系,且斜率基本一致,从而确定了对不同通道的幅相特性进行固定值补偿的校准策略.通过固定值补偿后,各通道的幅相特性曲线基本重合,从而消除了通道间幅相误差.进一步给出了提升温度一致性的措施,并设计了多波束发射天线的校准原理框图和校准流程图.结果表明:新的星载多波束天线幅相误差校准方法是有效的.%To solve the mismatch effect of amplitude-and-phase errors on multi-beam antenna performance , the radio frequency channel amplitude and phase errors of multi-beam transmitting antenna on satellite were experimentally measured to obtain the corresponding relations of channel amplitude-and-phase mismatch and temperature, and to compensate the mismatch. The shell temperatures are almost same after temperature stabilization, which effectively results in channel consistency. Some methods were used to improve temperature consistency. Calibration of channel is the key to guarantee the performance indexes of multi-beam antenna on satellites. The calibration principle block diagram and flow chart of multi-beam transmitting antenna were designed. The theoretical analysis and simulation results show that the proposed calibration method is effective for calibration of multi-beam antenna on satellites.

  14. Optimization design of an adaptive CFRC reflector for high order wave-front error control

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    Lan, Lan; Fang, Houfei; Wu, Ke; Jiang, Shuidong; Zhou, Yang

    2017-04-01

    The trend in future space high precision reflectors is going towards large aperture, lightweight and actively controlled deformable antennas. An adaptive shape control system for a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite (CFRC) reflector is conducted by Piezoelectric Ceramic Transducer (PZT) actuators. This adaptive shape control system has been shown to effectively mitigate common low order wave-front error, but it is inevitably plagued by high order wave-front error control. In order to improve the controllability of the adaptive CFRC reflector control system for high order wave-front error, the design of adaptive CFRC reflector requires optimizing further. According to numerical and experimental results, the print-through error induced by manufacturing and PZT actuators actuation is a type of predominant high order wave-front error. This paper describes a design which some secondary rib elements are embedded within the triangular cells of the primary ribs. These small secondary ribs are designed to support the reflector surface's weak region. Controllability of this new adaptive CFRC reflector control system with small secondary ribs is evaluated by generalized Zernike functions. This new design scheme can reduce high order residual error and suppress the high order wave-front error such as print-through error. Finally, design parameters of the adaptive CFRC reflector control system with small secondary ribs, such as primary rib height, secondary rib height, cut-out height of primary rib, are optimized.

  15. Reconfigurable antenna pattern verification

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    Drexler, Jerome P. (Inventor); Becker, Robert C. (Inventor); Meyers, David W. (Inventor); Muldoon, Kelly P. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of verifying programmable antenna configurations is disclosed. The method comprises selecting a desired antenna configuration from a plurality of antenna configuration patterns, with the selected antenna configuration forming at least one reconfigurable antenna from reconfigurable antenna array elements. The method validates the formation of the selected antenna configuration to determine antenna performance of the at least one reconfigurable antenna.

  16. Jacobi-Bessel Analysis Of Antennas With Elliptical Apertures.

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    Rahmat-Samii, Y.

    1989-01-01

    Coordinate transformation improves convergence pattern analysis of elliptical-aperture antennas. Modified version of Jacobi-Bessel expansion for vector diffraction analysis of reflector antennas uses coordinate transformation to improve convergence with elliptical apertures. Expansion converges rapidly for antennas with circular apertures, but less rapidly for elliptical apertures. Difference in convergence behavior between circular and elliptical Jacobi-Bessel algorithms indicated by highest values of indices m, n, and p required to achieve same accuracy in computed radiation pattern of offset paraboloidal antenna with elliptical aperture.

  17. Control of active reflector system for radio telescope

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    Zhou, Guo-hua; Li, Guo-ping; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Zhen-chao

    2016-10-01

    According to the control requirements of the active reflector surface in the 110 m radio telescope at QiTai(QTT) Xinjiang, a new displacement actuator and a new displacement control system were designed and manufactured and then their characteristics were tested by a dual-frequency laser interferometer in the micro-displacement laboratory. The displacement actuator was designed by a scheme of high precision worm and roller screw structures, and the displacement control system was based on a ARM micro-processor. Finally, the S curve acceleration control methods were used to design the hardware platform and software algorithm for the active reflection surface of the control system. The test experiments were performed based on the laser metrology system on an active reflector close-loop antenna prototype for large radio telescope. Experimental results indicate that it achieves a 30 mm working stroke and 5 μm RMS motion resolution. The accuracy (standard deviation) is 3.67 mm, and the error between the determined and theoretical values is 0.04% when the rated load is 300 kg, the step is 2 mm and the stroke is 30mm. Furthermore, the active reflector integrated system was tested by the laser sensors with the accuracy of 0.25 μm RMS on 4-panel radio telescope prototype, the measurement results show that the integrated precision of the active reflector closed-loop control system is less than 5 μm RMS, and well satisfies the technical requirements of active reflector control system of the QTT radio telescope in 3 mm wavelength.

  18. Transparent antennas for solar cell integration

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    Yasin, Tursunjan

    Transparent patch antennas are microstrip patch antennas that have a certain level of optical transparency. Highly transparent patch antennas are potentially suitable for integration with solar panels of small satellites, which are becoming increasingly important in space exploration. Traditional patch antennas employed on small satellites compete with solar cells for surface area. However, a transparent patch antenna can be placed directly on top of solar cells and resolve the issue of competing for limited surface real estate. For such an integration, a high optical transparency of the patch antenna is required from the solar cells' point of view. On the other hand, the antenna should possess at least acceptable radiation properties at the same time. This dissertation focuses on some of the most important concerns from the perspective of small satellite applications. For example, an optimization method to simultaneously improve both optical transparency and radiation efficiency of the antenna is studied. Active integrated antenna design method is extended to meshed patch applications in an attempt to improve the overall power efficiency of the front end communication subsystem. As is well known, circular polarization is immune from Faraday rotation effect in the ionosphere and thus can avoid a 3-dB loss in geo-satellite communication. Therefore, this research also aims to present design methods for circularly polarized meshed patch antennas. Moreover, a meshed patch antenna capable of supporting a high communication data rate is investigated. Lastly, other types of transparent patch antennas are also analyzed and compared to meshed patches. In summary, many properties of transparent patch antennas are examined in order to meet different design requirements.

  19. High-Sensitivity Phased Arrays for Radio Astronomy and Satellite Communications

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    Diao, Junming

    Radio astronomy is used to study stars, galaxies, black holes and gas clouds radiation at radio frequencies. Detecting extremely weak signals from deep space radio sources requires high sensitive feed system associated with large dish antennas. The key figure of merit is survey speed, or the time required to map a region of the sky to a given source flux density. Survey speed is proportional to the frequency bandwidth, the field of view or observable region of the sky, and the squared sensitivity, where sensitivity is related to reflector aperture efficiency and system noise temperature. Compared to the traditional single feed, phased array feeds with significantly expanded field of view are considered as the next generation feed for radio telescope. This dissertation outlines the design, analysis and measurement of high sensitivity L-band and mm-wave phased array feeds for the 100-meter Green Bank Telescope. Theoretical works for radio astronomy includes design guideline for high sensitivity phased array feed, fundamental frequency bandwidth limit, array antenna loss influenced by mutual coupling and beamformer coefficients and possibility of superdirectivity for radio telescopes and other antennas. These study are helpful to understand and guide the design of a phased array feed system. In the absence of dish antennas, sparse phased arrays with aperiodic structure have been developed for satellite communications. A compromise between the peak side lobe level, array element density, directivity and design complexity is studied. We have found that the array peak side lobe level can be reduced by enhancing the array element direction at the main lobe direction, increasing the array element density and enlarging the array size. A Poynting streamline approach develops to understand the properties of a receiving antenna and the mutual coupling effects between array elements. This method has been successfully used to generate effective area shape for many types of

  20. Geodetic Secor Satellite

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    1974-06-01

    simple, and had low-power lem. 17 14. Satellite Orientation . The satellite was designed to maintain a constant relationship between the antenna...the same satellite orientation . Further considerations were Th oscillations, however, when higher orbital ranges (500-2500 nautical miles) -, 3 a

  1. Cup Cylindrical Waveguide Antenna

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    Acosta, Roberto J.; Darby, William G.; Kory, Carol L.; Lambert, Kevin M.; Breen, Daniel P.

    2008-01-01

    The cup cylindrical waveguide antenna (CCWA) is a short backfire microwave antenna capable of simultaneously supporting the transmission or reception of two distinct signals having opposite circular polarizations. Short backfire antennas are widely used in mobile/satellite communications, tracking, telemetry, and wireless local area networks because of their compactness and excellent radiation characteristics. A typical prior short backfire antenna contains a half-wavelength dipole excitation element for linear polarization or crossed half-wavelength dipole elements for circular polarization. In order to achieve simultaneous dual circular polarization, it would be necessary to integrate, into the antenna feed structure, a network of hybrid components, which would introduce significant losses. The CCWA embodies an alternate approach that entails relatively low losses and affords the additional advantage of compactness. The CCWA includes a circular cylindrical cup, a circular disk subreflector, and a circular waveguide that serves as the excitation element. The components that make it possible to obtain simultaneous dual circular polarization are integrated into the circular waveguide. These components are a sixpost polarizer and an orthomode transducer (OMT) with two orthogonal coaxial ports. The overall length of the OMT and polarizer (for the nominal middle design frequency of 2.25 GHz) is about 11 in. (approximately equal to 28 cm), whereas the length of a commercially available OMT and polarizer for the same frequency is about 32 in. (approximately equal to 81 cm).

  2. ATS-6 - A satellite for human needs. [Health, Education, Telecommunications Experiment

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    Whalen, A. A.; Johnston, W. A., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    On May 30, 1974, NASA launched the ATS-6 experimental communications satellite into a geosynchronous orbit at a station centered over the United States. The 1400 kg satellite was designed to be body-stabilized with a 3-axis control system capable of precision offset pointing. It deployed a 9.1 meter (30 foot) parabolic reflector antenna with a transponder that covered a frequency range from VHF through C-band. The high RF gains obtained with the antenna were to be used for many dramatic communications experiments, one of which was the Health/Education Telecommunications Experiment (HET), a demonstration of direct broadcast of color television to low cost terminals in remote regions of the United States. More than 120 terminals with 3-meter antennas were deployed in Alaska, Washington, the Rocky Mountains, and Appalachia to provide educational and health services to selected community centers. After 11 months of nearly continuous service, the performance of both the satellite and the experiment have exceeded all expectations.

  3. ATS-6 - A satellite for human needs. [Health, Education, Telecommunications Experiment

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    Whalen, A. A.; Johnston, W. A., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    On May 30, 1974, NASA launched the ATS-6 experimental communications satellite into a geosynchronous orbit at a station centered over the United States. The 1400 kg satellite was designed to be body-stabilized with a 3-axis control system capable of precision offset pointing. It deployed a 9.1 meter (30 foot) parabolic reflector antenna with a transponder that covered a frequency range from VHF through C-band. The high RF gains obtained with the antenna were to be used for many dramatic communications experiments, one of which was the Health/Education Telecommunications Experiment (HET), a demonstration of direct broadcast of color television to low cost terminals in remote regions of the United States. More than 120 terminals with 3-meter antennas were deployed in Alaska, Washington, the Rocky Mountains, and Appalachia to provide educational and health services to selected community centers. After 11 months of nearly continuous service, the performance of both the satellite and the experiment have exceeded all expectations.

  4. Reconfigurable antennas

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    Bernhard, Jennifer

    2007-01-01

    This lecture explores the emerging area of reconfigurable antennas from basic concepts that provide insight into fundamental design approaches to advanced techniques and examples that offer important new capabilities for next-generation applications. Antennas are necessary and critical components of communication and radar systems, but sometimes their inability to adjust to new operating scenarios can limit system performance. Making antennas reconfigurable so that their behavior can adapt with changing system requirements or environmental conditions can ameliorate or eliminate these restricti

  5. Microstrip Antenna

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    Anuj Mehta

    2015-01-01

    Abstract This article presents an overview of the microstrip patch antenna and its design techniques. Basically a microstrip patch antenna comprises of a trace of copper or any other metal of any geometry on one side of a standard printed circuit board substrate with other side grounded. The antenna is fed using various feeding techniques like coaxial strip line aperture coupling or proximity coupling techniques. The working principle and the radiation mechanism have also been described. The ...

  6. Reflector antenna analysis using physical optics on Graphics Processing Units

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    Borries, Oscar Peter; Sørensen, Hans Henrik Brandenborg; Dammann, Bernd

    2014-01-01

    The Physical Optics approximation is a widely used asymptotic method for calculating the scattering from electrically large bodies. It requires significant computational work and little memory, and is thus well suited for application on a Graphics Processing Unit. Here, we investigate...... the performance of an implementation and demonstrate that while there are some implementational pitfalls, a careful implementation can result in impressive improvements....

  7. Antenna Measurement

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    Picard, Dominique

    2010-01-01

    Currently it is possible to measure all the characteristics of an antenna with a good accuracy. Far-field ranges do not have a very good accuracy, due to parasitic reflections for the outdoor ranges and because of the limited distance between the source antenna and the tested antenna for the indoor ranges. The compact range allows one to obtain a direct farfield cut in a relatively short time. The near-field techniques are the most accurate and the most convenient for global antenna radiation...

  8. Antenna toolkit

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    Carr, Joseph

    2006-01-01

    Joe Carr has provided radio amateurs and short-wave listeners with the definitive design guide for sending and receiving radio signals with Antenna Toolkit 2nd edition.Together with the powerful suite of CD software, the reader will have a complete solution for constructing or using an antenna - bar the actual hardware! The software provides a simple Windows-based aid to carrying out the design calculations at the heart of successful antenna design. All the user needs to do is select the antenna type and set the frequency - a much more fun and less error prone method than using a con

  9. Test of a two-dimensionally focusing quasi-optical antenna using a gyrotron

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    Idehara, T.; Tatsukawa, T.; Brand, G.F.; Fekete, P.W.; Moore, K.J.

    1989-05-01

    A quasi-optical antenna having one elliptical reflector and one parabolic reflector has been built for millimeter wave scattering measurements on the TORTUS tokamak plasma at the University of Sydney. This letter reports the first demonstration of the properties of such an antenna using a gyrotron millimeter wave source. Its advantages are (1) good two-dimensional focusing (along the major radius and the toroidal directions) and (2) easy movement of the focus across the diameter of the plasma by changing the orientation of the parabolic reflector.

  10. 卫星导航专利分析报告之三──接收机四臂螺旋天线%The Third Report for Satellite Navigation Patent Analysis--quadrifilar helix antenna for receiver

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    程小亮; 丰学民; 王海波

    2015-01-01

    As the critical part for satellite navigation receiver receiving satellite signal, antenna affects directly the navigation and positioning effects with its performance. As the second part of series reports for receiver antenna patent analysis and on the basis of mass exact data statistics, this paper studies the characteristics of principal applicants and origin countries deeply, selects the important patents from Sarantel Inc. which is an important company in industry, and shows comprehensively the technique status and development trends in future in the art by means of technical efifciency analysis.%天线作为卫星导航接收机接收卫星信号的关键部分,其性能直接影响到卫星导航接收机的导航和定位效果。本文作为接收机天线专利分析报告系列的第三部分,以大量精确的数据统计为基础,深入研究了四臂螺旋天线的主要申请人及来源国特点,对行业重点企业萨恩特尔公司的重要专利进行筛选,并借助技术功效分析将该领域的技术现状和未来发展趋势给予全面展现。

  11. Jet screech reduction with perforated flat reflector

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    Khan, Md. Tawhidul Islam; Teramoto, Kenbu; Matsuo, Shigeru; Setoguchi, Toshiaki

    2008-09-01

    In the present experimental study, investigations have been carried out to evaluate the performance of the new control technique of jet screech with different perforated flat reflectors. Mainly two types of porous flat reflectors had been used in the experiment. One reflector (reflector-V) designed for placing the reflector surface vertical to the jet axis, when, another type of reflector (reflector-H) designed for placing the reflecting surface horizontal to the jet axis. In both cases the reflectors had been placed at the nozzle (base tube with uniform cross-sectional area) exit. The diameter of the reflector-V was 15D when the diameter of the reflector-H was 10D. The porous area of the reflector-V was 6D and 4.5D for reflector-H where D indicated the diameter of the nozzle exit. The placement of the reflector at the exit of the nozzle reduces the sound pressure at the nozzle exit. Thus the muted sound can not excite the unstable disturbance at the nozzle exit and the loop of the feedback mechanism disappeared, finally, the generation of jet screech be cancelled. The suction space located at the back side of the porous surface of the reflector-V improves the efficiency of the screech control technique. However, in the case of reflector-H, the receptivity process of feedback loop had been controlled by reducing the disturbances at the effective shock fronts as well as at the nozzle exit. The performance of the proposed method was verified with a flat reflector concept and good performance in jet screech suppression has been confirmed in the case of porous reflector.

  12. Jet Screech Reduction with Perforated Flat Reflector

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    2008-01-01

    In the present experimental study, investigations have been carried out to evaluate the performance of the new control technique of jet screech with different perforated flat reflectors. Mainly two types of porous flat reflectors had been used in the experiment. One reflector (reflector-V) designed for placing the reflector surface vertical to the jet axis, when, another type of reflector (reflector-H) designed for placing the reflecting surface horizontal to the jet axis. In both cases the reflectors had been placed at the nozzle (base tube with uniform cross-sectional area)exit. The diameter of the reflector-V was 15D when the diameter of the reflector-H was 10D. The porous area of the reflector-V was 6D and 4.5D for reflector-H where D indicated the diameter of the nozzle exit. The placement of the reflector at the exit of the nozzle reduces the sound pressure at the nozzle exit. Thus the muted sound can not excite the unstable disturbance at the nozzle exit and the loop of the feedback mechanism disappeared, finally,the generation of jet screech be cancelled. The suction space located at the back side of the porous surface of the reflector-V improves the efficiency of the screech control technique. However, in the case of reflector-H, the receptivity process of feedback loop had been controlled by reducing the disturbances at the effective shock fronts as well as at the nozzle exit. The performance of the proposed method was verified with a flat reflector concept and good performance in jet screech suppression has been confirmed in the case of porous reflector.

  13. A Review of Antennas for Picosatellite Applications

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    Abdul Halim Lokman

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Cube Satellite (CubeSat technology is an attractive emerging alternative to conventional satellites in radio astronomy, earth observation, weather forecasting, space research, and communications. Its size, however, poses a more challenging restriction on the circuitry and components as they are expected to be closely spaced and very power efficient. One of the main components that will require careful design for CubeSats is their antennas, as they are needed to be lightweight, small in size, and compact or deployable for larger antennas. This paper presents a review of antennas suitable for picosatellite applications. An overview of the applications of picosatellites will first be explained, prior to a discussion on their antenna requirements. Material and antenna topologies which have been used will be subsequently discussed prior to the presentation of several deployable configurations. Finally, a perspective and future research work on CubeSat antennas will be discussed in the conclusion.

  14. An Antenna Tracking Method Using Phased Array and Servo for Vehicle Satellite Communication on the Move%相控阵结合伺服辅助的车载动中通天线跟踪方法

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    蒋文丰

    2016-01-01

    天线跟踪功能是车载动中通系统( SOTM)提供无线通信能力的前提,相控阵天线能提供较好的跟踪性能,但是存在波束扫描范围有限的问题。为实现相控阵天线全方位跟踪能力,提出了一种相控阵+伺服辅助的方法。给出了算法数据处理流程,并完成了原理样机设计。根据原理样机工作原理给出了跟踪角误差计算公式,测试结果与计算结果相符。测试结果表明:在(57.88~115.76)。/s角速度下,通信链路信噪比损失小于0.5 dB。%The antenna tracking function is the foundation for the vehicle satellite communication on the move( SOTM) to offer wireless communications,and the phased array antenna can provide better tracking performance,but the beam scanning range is limited. In order to realize the phased array antenna tracking in the entire orientation,a method using phased array antenna and servo is presented. The data processing flow of algorithm is provided, and the prototype has been developed. According to the prototype working principle,the formula to calculate the tracking angle error is given. The test result matches with the calcu-lating result,and the signal-to-noise ratio(SNR) loss is smaller than 0. 5 dB at the angle speed between (57. 88~115. 76)./s.

  15. Integrated analysis system for box truss antenna mesh performance

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    Bachtell, E. E.; Bettadapur, S. S.; Coyner, J. V.

    1986-01-01

    An integrated analysis system has been developed to more efficiently design and analyze the mesh reflective surface and the mesh tie system of the box truss antenna. Six integrated computer programs using nonlinear finite-element, surface topography and interpolation, and RF aperture integration techniques, analyze the effects of manufacturing errors, mesh pillowing, and operating environment on antenna performance. The level of rigor of analysis can be varied, providing the possibility of a lower cost preliminary study on various designs using a minimum number of reduced box section models. By including the random and systematic errors with the aperture integration of minimum rms reflector surface roughness, the RF Performance Solver determines the far-field pattern, including the beam efficiency, and thus the antenna performance of the mesh reflector antenna.

  16. Low-profile natural and metamaterial antennas analysis methods and applications

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    Nakano, Hisamatsu

    2017-01-01

    This book presents the full range of low-profile antennas that use novel elements and take advantage of new concepts in antenna implementation, including metamaterials. Typically formed by constructing lattices of simple elements, metamaterials possess electromagnetic properties not found in naturally occurring materials, and show great promise in a number of low-profile antenna implementations. Introductory chapters define various natural and metamaterial-based antennas and provide the fundamentals of writing computer programs based on the method of moments (MoM) and the finite-difference time-domain method (FDTDM). Chapters then discuss low-profile natural antennas classified into base station antennas, mobile card antennas, beam-forming antennas, and satellite-satellite and earth-satellite communications antennas. Final chapters look at various properties of low-profile metamaterial-based ant nnas, revealing the strengths and limitations of the metamaterial-based straight line antenna (metaline antenna), m...

  17. Radio Astronomy Antennas by the Thousands

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    Schultz, Roger

    2004-06-01

    Large number of microwave antennas of size and surface accuracy appropriate for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) have not been manufactured previously. To minimize total cost, the design needs to be much more carefully considered and optimized than would be affordable for a small number of antennas. The required surface area requires new methods of manufacture and production-line type assembly to be considered. A blend of past antenna construction technology, creativity, and new technology is needed to provide the best possible telescope for the proposed SKA science goals. The following key concepts will be discussed with respect to reflector antennas and many supporting photographs, figures and drawings will be included. Surface and supporting structure comparison of panels with a one-piece shell as produced by hydroforming.

  18. Surface Optimization Techniques for Deployable Reflectors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Under this and several other programs, CTD has developed TEMBOREG deployable solid-surface reflectors (TEMBOREG Reflectors) to provide future NASA and Air Force...

  19. A two-dimensionally focusing, quasi-optical antenna for millimeter-wave scattering in plasmas

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    Idehara, T.; Tatsukawa, T. (Faculty of Engineering, Fukui University, Fukui 910, Japan (JP)); Brand, G.F.; Fekete, P.W.; Moore, K.J. (School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia))

    1990-06-01

    A two-dimensionally focusing, quasi-optical antenna having one elliptical reflector and one parabolic reflector has been built for use with a tunable gyrotron in order to carry out millimeter-wave scattering measurements on the TORTUS tokamak plasma at the University of Sydney. The advantages of this antenna are the following: (1) The elliptical reflector focuses the radiation beam in the toroidal direction, while the parabolic reflector focuses in the direction of major radius. This gives excellent two-dimensional focusing in the plasma region, and consequently excellent spatial resolution. (2) The focal point can be easily swept along the direction of major radius in the whole plasma region, simply by changing the angle of the parabolic reflector by a small amount. These features have been demonstrated experimentally using the tunable gyrotron source, GYROTRON III, and in computations of the radiated fields.

  20. Comparison of different antenna diagnostics techniques with limited far field data input

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Cappellin, Cecilia

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, three different antenna diagnostics techniques are compared for the case when the input far-field data represent only few complete cuts or a two-dimensional grid with a limited angular sector. The techniques are applied to several different antennas: a high-gain offset reflector...... and extreme near fields....

  1. Radio frequency and microwave subsystems section. Dual-frequency feed cone assemblies for 34-meter antennas

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    Hartop, R. W.

    1978-01-01

    New Cassegrain cone assemblies were designed for the upgrade of three 26 meter-diameter antennas to 34 meter-diameter with improved performance. The new dual-frequency feed cone (SXD) provided both S- and X-band feed systems and traveling wave masers with a reflex reflector system to permit simultaneous operation analogous to the 64-meter antennas.

  2. Mesh deployable antenna mechanics testing method

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    Jiang, Li

    Rapid development in spatial technologies and continuous expansion of astronautics applications require stricter and stricter standards in spatial structure. Deployable space structure as a newly invented structural form is being extensively adopted because of its characteristic (i.e. deployability). Deployable mesh reflector antenna is a kind of common deployable antennas. Its reflector consists in a kind of metal mesh. Its electrical properties are highly dependent on its mechanics parameters (including surface accuracy, angle, and position). Therefore, these mechanics parameters have to be calibrated. This paper presents a mesh antenna mechanics testing method that employs both an electronic theodolite and a laser tracker. The laser tracker is firstly used to measure the shape of radial rib deployable antenna. The measurement data are then fitted to a paraboloid by means of error compensation. Accordingly, the focus and the focal axis of the paraboloid are obtained. The following step is to synchronize the coordinate systems of the electronic theodolite and the measured antenna. Finally, in a microwave anechoic chamber environment, the electromechanical axis is calibrated. Testing results verify the effectiveness of the presented method.

  3. Transport of the CNGS reflector.

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    Maximilien Brice

    2005-01-01

    The CNGS magnetic horn reflectorwas transported on 5 December 2005 through the facility's access gallery. The reflector - a major component that will help target the CNGS neutrino beam for its 732km journey through the earth's crust, from CERN to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy - is 7m long, 1.6m in diameter and 1.6 tonnes in weight.

  4. 47 CFR 25.205 - Minimum angle of antenna elevation.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Minimum angle of antenna elevation. 25.205... SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS Technical Standards § 25.205 Minimum angle of antenna elevation. (a) Earth station antennas shall not normally be authorized for transmission at angles less than 5° measured from the...

  5. Transmitting characteristic analysis of antenna with off-axis parabolic rotating surfaces configuration.

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    Guo, Jianyu; Jiang, Ping; Yang, Huajun; Niu, Ye; Xianyu, Jiawei

    2017-03-20

    A novel optical antenna with an off-axis confocal parabolic rotating surfaces configuration is designed for achieving maximum transmission efficiency. An improved 3-D ray tracing method based on the vector theory of reflection is used to simulate spatial rays transmitting through the antenna system. Aberrations and the spatial divergence angles of the output beam, which are caused by on-axial defocusing and off-axial defocusing between the primary reflector and secondary reflector, are visualized and effects on receiver efficiency of the antenna system are analyzed in detail. This work will provide a reference for improving the transmission efficiency of long-range communication systems.

  6. Tunable reflector with active magnetic metamaterials.

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    Deng, Tianwei; Huang, Ruifeng; Tang, Ming-Chun; Tan, Peng Khiang

    2014-03-24

    We placed active magnetic metamaterials on metallic surface to implement a tunable reflector with excellent agile performance. By incorporating active elements into the unit cells of the magnetic metamaterial, this active magnetic metamaterial can be tuned to switch function of the reflector among a perfect absorber, a perfect reflector and a gain reflector. This brings about DC control lines to electrically tune the active magnetic metamaterial with positive loss, zero loss and even negative loss. The design, analytical and numerical simulation methods, and experimental results of the tunable reflector are presented.

  7. Research on Predicting Drive Current of Shipborne Satcom Antenna

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    Kong Jinping

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Predicting the effect of antenna wind load on servo system precisely is meaningful to ensure the safety of satcom antenna on operation, which can avoid overload operation. In this paper, the computational fluid dynamics is used to proceed numerical computation on the pressure distribution of the reflector and torque of drive shaft under different wind speed, windward angle and angle of pitch of the antenna. The simulation model is built under MATLAB/Simulink simulation environment, and the drive current of the antenna servo system is analyzed under wind load effect and ship swing. Then, a method of predicting drive current of antenna servo system according to the wind speed, wind direction and attitude of the antenna is concluded. And this method is verified by simulation at last.

  8. Notch Antennas

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    Lee, Richard Q.

    2004-01-01

    Notch antennas, also known as the tapered slot antenna (TSA), have been the topics of research for decades. TSA has demonstrated multi-octave bandwidth, moderate gain (7 to 10 dB), and symmetric E- and H- plane beam patterns and can be used for many different applications. This chapter summarizes the research activities on notch antennas over the past decade with emphasis on their most recent advances and applications. This chapter begins with some discussions on the designs of single TSA; then follows with detailed discussions of issues associated with TSA designs and performance characteristics. To conclude the chapter, some recent developments in TSA arrays and their applications are highlighted.

  9. Improved Low-Profile Helical Antenna Design for INMARSAT Applications

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    Shiqiang Fu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A new low-profile variable pitch angle cylindrical helical antenna employing a copper strip as impedance transformer is proposed in this paper. Under the circumstance of a limited antenna height, the circular polarization performance of the antenna has been enhanced by changing the pitch angle and the input impedance matching has been improved by adjusting the copper strip match stub. The design method of the proposed antenna is given. The optimal antenna structure for INMARSAT application has been fabricated and measured. The measured results show that in the whole maritime satellite communication work band the VSWR is less than 1.2, its antenna gain is higher than 9 dBi, and the axial ratio is lower than 2.5 dB. The experimental results have a good agreement with the simulations. The proposed antenna is compact and easy tuning. It provides a promising antenna element for maritime satellite communication applications.

  10. Maximum super angle optimization method for array antenna pattern synthesis

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    Wu, Ji; Roederer, A. G

    1991-01-01

    Different optimization criteria related to antenna pattern synthesis are discussed. Based on the maximum criteria and vector space representation, a simple and efficient optimization method is presented for array and array fed reflector power pattern synthesis. A sector pattern synthesized by a 20...

  11. A nonlinear equivalent circuit method for analysis of passive intermodulation of mesh reflectors

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    Jiang Jie

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Passive intermodulation (PIM has gradually become a serious electromagnetic interference due to the development of high-power and high-sensitivity RF/microwave communication systems, especially large deployable mesh reflector antennas. This paper proposes a field-circuit coupling method to analyze the PIM level of mesh reflectors. With the existence of many metal–metal (MM contacts in mesh reflectors, the contact nonlinearity becomes the main reason for PIM generation. To analyze these potential PIM sources, an equivalent circuit model including nonlinear components is constructed to model a single MM contact so that the transient current through the MM contact point induced by incident electromagnetic waves can be calculated. Taking the electric current as a new electromagnetic wave source, the far-field scattering can be obtained by the use of electromagnetic numerical methods or the communication link method. Finally, a comparison between simulation and experimental results is illustrated to verify the validity of the proposed method.

  12. Dense Focal Plane Arrays for Pushbroom Satellite Radiometers

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    Iupikov, O. A.; Ivashina, M. V.; Pontoppidan, K.

    2014-01-01

    Performance of a dense focal plane array feeding an offset toroidal reflector antenna system is studied and discussed in the context of a potential application in multi-beam radiometers for ocean surveillance. We present a preliminary design of the array feed for the 5-m diameter antenna at X...

  13. 低轨卫星系统星载多波束天线点波束设计及优化%Spot -beam Design and Optimization of On- board Multi -beam Antenna for LEO Satellite Systems

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    张旭; 吴潜

    2009-01-01

    星载多波束天线具有广阔的应用前景,尤其适合应用于低轨卫星系统.讨论了星载多波束天线点波束设计的方法,为平衡点波束各覆盖区域的接收增益,借鉴最优化理论思想,提出了一种点波束设计的方法,以全球星系统为例进行分析,结果表明该方法较典型的点波束设计方法具有更高的满意度.%Muhi - beam antenna is widely used in low earth orbit(LEO) satellite systems. Spot - beam de-sign of on - board multi - beam antenna is discussed, an optimized method adopting optimization theory for spot -beam design is proposed to balance the receiving gain of each spot -beam covering area, analysis of the optimized method for Globalstar system is given, and higher satisfaction of the proposed method is proved.

  14. Inflection point caustic problems and solutions for high-gain dual-shaped reflectors

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    Galindo-Israel, Victor; Veruttipong, Thavath; Imbriale, William; Rengarajan, Sembiam

    1990-01-01

    The singular nature of the uniform geometrical theory of diffraction (UTD) subreflector scattered field at the vicinity of the main reflector edge (for a high-gain antenna design) is investigated. It is shown that the singularity in the UTD edge-diffracted and slope-diffracted fields is due to the reflection distance parameter approaching infinity in the transition functions. While the geometrical optics (GO) and UTD edge-diffracted fields exhibit singularities of the same order, the edge slope-diffracted field singularity is more significant and is substantial for greater subreflector edge tapers. The diffraction analysis of such a subreflector in the vicinity of the main reflector edge has been carried out efficiently and accurately by a stationary phase evaluation of the phi-integral, whereas the theta-integral is carried out numerically. Computational results from UTD and physical optics (PO) analysis of a 34-m ground station dual-shaped reflector confirm the analytical formulations for both circularly symmetric and offset asymmetric subreflectors. It is concluded that the proposed PO(theta)GO(phi) technique can be used to study the spillover or noise temperature characteristics of a high-gain reflector antenna efficiently and accurately.

  15. Reconfigurable contour beam generation using a smart subreflector antenna system

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    Yoon, Hwan-Sik; Washington, Gregory N.; Theunissen, Wilhelmus H.

    2000-06-01

    A novel way to design, synthesize and adjust the reconfigurable dual offset contour beam reflector antenna employing an adjustable subreflector is presented. The work also presents a graphical user interface based computer code that connects the electro-magnetic effects to the mechanical surface deflections. The subreflector surface is described by using the finite element method and the far-field radiation pattern is calculated by reflector diffraction synthesis. The reflector surface shape is adjusted using a set of linear piezoelectric point actuators attached to its back surface, from which the diffraction synthesis code calculates the radiation pattern. An example of this method applied to the contiguous US is also presented. As a future work, a software package will be built where the finite element code and the diffraction synthesis code are combined, and it will be used for advanced actuator placement and reflector design problem.

  16. Microstrip Yagi array for MSAT vehicle antenna application

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    Huang, John; Densmore, Arthur; Pozar, David

    1990-01-01

    A microstrip Yagi array was developed for the MSAT system as a low-cost mechanically steered medium-gain vehicle antenna. Because its parasitic reflector and director patches are not connected to any of the RF power distributing circuit, while still contributing to achieve the MSAT required directional beam, the antenna becomes a very efficient radiating system. With the complete monopulse beamforming circuit etched on a thin stripline board, the planar microstrip Yagi array is capable of achieving a very low profile. A theoretical model using the Method of Moments was developed to facilitate the ease of design and understanding of this antenna.

  17. Circularly polarized antennas

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    Gao, Steven; Zhu, Fuguo

    2013-01-01

    This book presents a comprehensive insight into the design techniques for different types of CP antenna elements and arrays In this book, the authors address a broad range of topics on circularly polarized (CP) antennas. Firstly, it introduces to the reader basic principles, design techniques and characteristics of various types of CP antennas, such as CP patch antennas, CP helix antennas, quadrifilar helix antennas (QHA), printed quadrifilar helix antennas (PQHA), spiral antenna, CP slot antennas, CP dielectric resonator antennas, loop antennas, crossed dipoles, monopoles and CP horns. Adva

  18. Antennas for 20/30 GHz and beyond

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    Chen, C. Harry; Wong, William C.; Hamada, S. Jim

    1989-01-01

    Antennas of 20/30 GHz and higher frequency, due to the small wavelength, offer capabilities for many space applications. With the government-sponsored space programs (such as ACTS) in recent years, the industry has gone through the learning curve of designing and developing high-performance, multi-function antennas in this frequency range. Design and analysis tools (such as the computer modelling used in feedhorn design and reflector surface and thermal distortion analysis) are available. The components/devices (such as BFN's, weight modules, feedhorns and etc.) are space-qualified. The manufacturing procedures (such as reflector surface control) are refined to meet the stringent tolerance accompanying high frequencies. The integration and testing facilities (such as Near-Field range) also advance to facilitate precision assembling and performance verification. These capabilities, essential to the successful design and development of high-frequency spaceborne antennas, shall find more space applications (such as ESGP) than just communications.

  19. Diamond dipole active antenna

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    Bubnov, Igor N.; Falkovych, I. S.; Gridin, A. A.; Stanislavsky, A. A.; Reznik, A. P.

    2015-01-01

    Advantages of the diamond dipole antenna as an active antenna are presented. Such an antenna is like an inverted bow-tie antenna, but the former has some advantages over the ordinary bow-tie antenna. It is shown that the diamond dipole antenna may be an effective element of a new antenna array for low-frequency radio astronomy as well as a communication antenna.

  20. Modeling C-Band Co-Channel Interference From AeroMACS Omni-Directional Antennas to Mobile Satellite Service Feeder Uplinks

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    Wilson, Jeffrey D.

    2011-01-01

    A new C-band (5091 to 5150 MHz) airport communications system designated as Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) is being planned under the Federal Aviation Administration s NextGen program. An interference analysis software program, Visualyse Professional (Transfinite Systems Ltd), is being utilized to provide guidelines on limitations for AeroMACS transmitters to avoid interference with other systems. A scenario consisting of a single omni-directional transmitting antenna at each of the major contiguous United States airports is modeled and the steps required to build the model are reported. The results are shown to agree very well with a previous study.

  1. Lamp with a truncated reflector cup

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    Li, Ming; Allen, Steven C.; Bazydola, Sarah; Ghiu, Camil-Daniel

    2013-10-15

    A lamp assembly, and method for making same. The lamp assembly includes first and second truncated reflector cups. The lamp assembly also includes at least one base plate disposed between the first and second truncated reflector cups, and a light engine disposed on a top surface of the at least one base plate. The light engine is configured to emit light to be reflected by one of the first and second truncated reflector cups.

  2. Investigations of Bragg reflectors in nanowire lasers

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    Svendsen, Guro Kristin; Skaar, Johannes

    2011-01-01

    The reflectivity of various Bragg reflectors in connection to waveguide structures, including nanowires, has been investigated using modal reflection and transmission matrices. A semi-analytical model was applied yielding increased understanding of the diffraction effects present in such gratings. Planar waveguides and nanowire lasers are considered in particular. Two geometries are compared; Bragg reflectors within the waveguides are shown to have significant advantages compared to Bragg reflectors in the substrate, when diffraction effects are significant.

  3. Springback-Compensated, Submillimeter Reflectors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Inconsistent radius of curvature of replicated, composite reflector panels limit application of composites to large, segmented telescope apertures. This project...

  4. Solar thermal collectors using planar reflector

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    Espy, P. N.

    1978-01-01

    Specular reflectors have been used successfully with flat-plate collectors to achieve exceptionally high operating temperatures and high delivered energy per unit collector area. Optimal orientation of collectors and reflectors can result in even higher performance with an improved relationship between energy demand and supply. This paper reports on a study providing first order optimization of collector-reflector arrays in which single- and multiple-faceted reflectors in fixed or singly adjustable configurations provide delivered energy maxima in either summer or winter.

  5. Photoluminescence and X-ray Diffraction of Distributed Bragg Reflector

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    LI Lin; LI Yong-da; LIU Wen-li; LU Bin; JU Guo-xian; ZHANG Yong-ming; HAO Yong-qin; SU Wei; ZHONG Jing-chang

    2004-01-01

    Spectral and structural characteristics of distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers were studied with photoluminescence and double- crystal X- ray diffraction measurement. The expected high quality epitaxial DBR structure was verified. In the X- ray double- crystal rocking curves of DBR the zeroth- order peak, the first and second order satellite peaks were measured.Splitting of diffraction peak appeared in the rocking curves was analyzed. The effects of introduced deep energy levels on the structural perfection and optical properties were discussed.

  6. A Microfabricated 8-40 GHz Dual-Polarized Reflector Feed

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    Vanhille, Kenneth; Durham, Tim; Stacy, William; Karasiewicz, David; Caba, Aaron; Trent, Christopher; Lambert, Kevin; Miranda, Felix

    2014-01-01

    Planar antennas based on tightly coupled dipole arrays (also known as a current sheet antenna or CSA) are amenable for use as electronically scanned phased arrays. They are capable of performance nearing a decade of bandwidth. These antennas have been demonstrated in many implementations at frequencies below 18 GHz. This paper describes the implementation using a relatively new multi-layer microfabrication process resulting in a small, 6x6 element, dual-linear polarized array with beamformer that operates from 8 to 40 GHz. The beamformer includes baluns that feed the dual-polarized differential antenna elements and reactive splitter networks that also cover the full frequency range of operation. This antenna array serves as a reflector feed for a multi-band instrument designed to measure snow water equivalent (SWE) from airborne platforms. The instrument has both radar and radiome try capability at multiple frequencies. Scattering-parameter and time-domain measurements have been used to characterize the array feed. Radiation patterns of the antenna have been measured and are compared to simulation. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this work represents the most integrated multi-octave millimeter-wave antenna feed fabricated to date.

  7. Cherenkov radiation oscillator without reflectors

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    Li, D.; Wang, Y.; Hangyo, M.; Wei, Y.; Yang, Z.; Miyamoto, S.

    2014-05-01

    This Letter presents a Cherenkov radiation oscillator with an electron beam travelling over a finitely thick plate made of negative-index materials. In such a scheme, the external reflectors required in the traditional Cherenkov oscillators are not necessary, since the electromagnetic energy flows backward in the negative-index materials, leading to inherent feedback. We theoretically analyzed the interaction between the electron beam and the electromagnetic wave, and worked out the growth rate and start current through numerical calculations. With the help of particle-in-cell simulation, the theoretical predictions are well demonstrated.

  8. Feedforward attitude control for a TDRS with mobile antennas

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    2006-01-01

    In this paper, feedforward attitude control law for a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) with mobile antennas is proposed. To track or point the target spacecraft with median/law orbit, the large mobile antennas have to move in a wide range. The movement of such mobile antennas disturbs the satellite attitude consequently. Conventionally, the main body of the satellite and the mobile antennas are controlled independently.The proposed controller first estimates the angular momentum which the mobile antennas will produce based on the momentum conservation equation. Next, it computes the desired velocity of reaction wheels to compensate the disturbance due to the antenna motion. It then adds the error of the wheels' velocity between a desired one and a current value as a feedforward signal to the control system. The proposed controller is demonstrated using a mathematical simulation, of which these results coincide well with analytical results.

  9. Highly Enhanced Risk Management Emergency Satellite

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    Dalmeir, Michael; Gataullin, Yunir; Indrajit, Agung

    HERMES (Highly Enhanced Risk Management Emergency Satellite) is potential European satellite mission for global flood management, being implemented by Technical University Munich and European Space Agency. With its main instrument - a reliable and precise Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) antenna...

  10. Smart antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radars

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    Qin, F.; Gao, S.; Mao, C.; Wang, Z.; Patyuchenko, A.; Younis, M.; Krieger, G.

    2015-11-01

    This paper discusses smart antennas for space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR). First, some recent development in smart antennas for space-borne SAR is reviewed. Then, the paper presents a low-cost space-borne SAR system using digital beam forming on receive. The smart antenna system is also discussed, and some results are shown. The antenna system, consisting of a parabolic reflector and multi-feed array, is designed and optimized for dual-band dual-polarized digital beam-forming performance. The operating frequencies are at X and Ka bands with the center frequency of 9.6 and 35.75 GHz, respectively. The stacked dipoles and square patches with parasitic elements are employed as the feed elements at X and Ka bands. Dual-band antenna arrays are combined in the same aperture, which not only reduce the aperture of the feed array, but also coincide the center of dual-band feed arrays.

  11. Establishment of antenna membrane states FEM on analogue method

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    JIANG Wen-hui; CAO Xi-bin; ZHAO Yang

    2008-01-01

    On the basis of choosing the basic element as the bar and choosing the basic mesh as the triangle as well as supposing the conditions of the element,the membrane states of an antenna reflector were researched by the analogue method,because the membrane effect Was not omitted during the ending deployment process of the radial rib antenna.The expressions of the bar element's section area and density were obtained.while the expression of the stress state during the ending deployment process of antenna was attained.During the establishment process of the analogue method,the analysis method of the net shell structure was employed.Moreover,during the backward deduction of membrane stress,the continuation method Was adopted.Because the expression of the membrane stress state can realize the analysis on the antenna membrane state.this research has great significance of theoretical direction to the normal operation of the space deployable antenna.

  12. An optimal antenna motion generation using shortest path planning

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    Jeon, Moon-Jin; Kwon, Dong-Soo

    2017-03-01

    This paper considers an angular velocity minimization method for a satellite antenna. For high speed transmission of science data, a directional antenna with a two-axis gimbal is generally used. When a satellite passes over a ground station while pointing directly at it, the angular velocity of the satellite antenna can increase rapidly due to the gimbal kinematics. The high angular velocity could exceed the dynamic constraint of the antenna. Furthermore, micro vibration induced by high speed antenna rotation during an imaging operation might cause jitter, which can degrade the satellite image quality. To solve this problem, a minimum-velocity antenna motion generation method is proposed. Boundaries of the azimuth and elevation angles of the antenna within an effective beam width are derived using antenna geometry. A minimum-velocity azimuth profile and elevation profile within the boundaries are generated sequentially using a shortest path planning method. For fast and correct generation of the shortest path, a new algorithm called a string nailing algorithm is proposed. A numerical simulation shows that the antenna profile generated by the shortest path planning has a much lower angular velocity than the profiles generated by previous methods. The proposed string nailing algorithm also spends much less computation time than a search-based shortest path planning algorithm to generate almost the same antenna profiles.

  13. Monolithic resonant optical reflector laser diodes

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    Hirata, T.; Suehiro, M.; Maeda, M.; Hihara, M.; Hosomatsu, H.

    1991-10-01

    The first monolithic resonant optical reflector laser diode that has a waveguide directional coupler and two DBR reflectors integrated by compositional disordering of quantum-well heterostructures is described. A linewidth of 440 kHz was obtained, and this value is expected to be greatly decreased by reducing the propagation loss in the integrated waveguide.

  14. Design of cost effective antennas for instrumentation radars

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    Botha, L

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available ] is now possible. 2.2 Mechanical design Because of the use of the reflector system on a fast accelerating positioner, this place various mechanical constraints on the reflector system. The first constraint is the allowable weight. Weight reduces... system. 2.3 Ergonometric design For the antenna to be effectively reusable, it is also important that a good ergonometric design be used. For very wide band design where feeds need to be changed, the ease of changing feeds and not losing...

  15. The electric drive control system of corner reflectors of the spacecraft interferometer

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    Langraf Sergey

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the electric drive control system of corner reflectors of the infrared Fourier transform spectrometer for meteorological satellite. Limited-swing brushless DC motor with a torsional bearing is used as a drive motor. Stringent requirements are imposed to the drive control system for stabilization of moving speed of the reflectors while obtaining the interferogram and for limitation of the reverse time. Research of influence of torsion on steady-state error of speed and ways of its compensation is conducted. The obtained results are consistent with the simulation results of the drive. It is shown that the developed drive is operable in a spacecraft system.

  16. Fast algorithm for the exact determination of the mapped effective areas of trihedral radar reflectors

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    Keen, K. M.

    1983-11-01

    There is currently interest in the use of trihedral radar corner reflectors as ground targets for the calibration of synthetic aperture radars and scatterometers carried by remote sensing satellites. Keen (1983) has described a new technique for the evaluation of the scattering cross-sections of radar corner reflectors. This method, which uses computer evaluation, is briefly discussed. On the basis of new experience related to the employment of the scattering cross-section prediction method, a more efficient and exact way for carrying out the evaluation of mapped effective areas has been developed. The present investigation is concerned with this alternative technique.

  17. A smart car for the surface shape measurement of large antenna based on laser tracker

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    Gu, Yonggang; Hu, Jing; Jin, Yi; Zhai, Chao

    2012-09-01

    The geometric accuracy of the surface shape of large antenna is an important indicator of antenna’s quality. Currently, high-precision measurement of large antenna surface shape can be performed in two ways: photogrammetry and laser tracker. Photogrammetry is a rapid method, but its accuracy is not enough good. Laser tracker can achieve high precision, but it is very inconvenient to move the reflector (target mirror) on the surface of the antenna by hand during the measurement. So, a smart car is designed to carry the reflector in this paper. The car, controlled by wireless, has a small weight and a strong ability for climbing, and there is a holding bracket gripping the reflector and controlling reflector rise up and drop down on the car. During the measurement of laser tracker, the laser beam between laser tracker and the reflector must not be interrupted, so two high-precision three-dimensional miniature electronic compasses, which can real-time monitor the relative angle between the holding bracket and the laser tracker’s head, are both equipped on the car and the head of laser tracker to achieve automatic alignment between reflector and laser beam. With the aid of the smart car, the measurement of laser tracker has the advantages of high precision and rapidity.

  18. Conformal, Transparent Printed Antenna Developed for Communication and Navigation Systems

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    Lee, Richard Q.; Simons, Rainee N.

    1999-01-01

    Conformal, transparent printed antennas have advantages over conventional antennas in terms of space reuse and aesthetics. Because of their compactness and thin profile, these antennas can be mounted on video displays for efficient integration in communication systems such as palmtop computers, digital telephones, and flat-panel television displays. As an array of multiple elements, the antenna subsystem may save weight by reusing space (via vertical stacking) on photovoltaic arrays or on Earth-facing sensors. Also, the antenna could go unnoticed on automobile windshields or building windows, enabling satellite uplinks and downlinks or other emerging high-frequency communications.

  19. Isolation Enhancement between Indoor Repeater Antennas with Chip Resistor Embedded FSS

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    Jae-Yeong Lee

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The isolation enhancement between the donor antenna and the service antenna for indoor repeater systems is presented by using a frequency-selective surface (FSS. A unit cell of the proposed FSS consists of a quarter-wavelength resonator, a chip resistor, an FR4 substrate, and a ground plane. Applying the unit cells of the proposed FSS embedded a chip resistor on the side walls of each reflector for indoor WCDMA repeater antennas and aligning them along with the cross-polarization of each antenna, the isolation is improved by about 13 dB at the WCDMA band.

  20. RIGOROUS FULL-WAVE ANALYSIS OF THE BASE-STATION ANTENNAS

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    Chen Shengbing; Zhang Fushun; Jiao Yongchang; Sun Baohua

    2002-01-01

    Rigorous analysis of the Base-Station (BS) antennas with reflector is made in this letter. The wire-grid modeling of BS antenna is established. In order to improve the solution accuracy and efficiency, some efficient techniques such as three-term sinusoidal interpolation basis function and discrete wavelet transform are used. Numerical examples considered here are the typical vertically polarized and the dual-polarized BS antennas. The calculated results for the vertically polarized BS antenna are in good agreement with the measured data, which show that the analysis modeling used is accurate and reliable.

  1. In-orbit performance evaluation of multiple-beam antenna on satellites%星载多波束天线在轨性能评估方法

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    尹术懿; 何元智; 尹浩

    2012-01-01

    为解决星载多波束天线测试波束数量大、在轨测试成本高、性能评估困难等问题,在合成多波束形成原理基础上,通过分析天线系统中波束成形网络和馈源阵之间的映射关系,提出了一种以馈源阵性能为基础评估天线性能的策略.采用最小二乘估计法,对馈源性能估计中典型波束的数量、组合方式选取与平均估计误差等问题进行了分析,并通过仿真实验得出了典型波束数量、组合方式、平均估计误差三者间的定量关系以及在实际条件下,测试波束数量的选取范围和波束最佳组合方式,为高效地处理在轨测试数据提供了一种低复杂度的分析方法,对实际系统中星载多波束天线在轨测试具有重要意义.%To solve such problems as the high in-orbit testing cost and the difficult evaluation of Multiple-Beam Antenna with large number of beams,an antenna evaluation strategy based on the feed properties was proposed,through the analysis of the beam forming principle of the composite beams and exploration of the relation between the beam forming network and the feed Source Array. By employing the least squares evaluation method,the typical beam selection,combination and average estimation error for the feed properties were analyzed. The simulation results show the quantitative correlation among the typical beam number,combination and the average estimation error,and the selection of the typical test beam number and the optimal test beams sequence in actual conditions. The proposed method can provide an excellent reference value to process the In-Orbit testing data efficiency and reduce the complexity of finding the optimal test beams sequence for a practical system.

  2. Superluminal antenna

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    Singleton, John; Earley, Lawrence M.; Krawczyk, Frank L.; Potter, James M.; Romero, William P.; Wang, Zhi-Fu

    2017-03-28

    A superluminal antenna element integrates a balun element to better impedance match an input cable or waveguide to a dielectric radiator element, thus preventing stray reflections and consequent undesirable radiation. For example, a dielectric housing material can be used that has a cutout area. A cable can extend into the cutout area. A triangular conductor can function as an impedance transition. An additional cylindrical element functions as a sleeve balun to better impedance match the radiator element to the cable.

  3. Antenna analysis using neural networks

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    Smith, William T.

    1992-01-01

    Conventional computing schemes have long been used to analyze problems in electromagnetics (EM). The vast majority of EM applications require computationally intensive algorithms involving numerical integration and solutions to large systems of equations. The feasibility of using neural network computing algorithms for antenna analysis is investigated. The ultimate goal is to use a trained neural network algorithm to reduce the computational demands of existing reflector surface error compensation techniques. Neural networks are computational algorithms based on neurobiological systems. Neural nets consist of massively parallel interconnected nonlinear computational elements. They are often employed in pattern recognition and image processing problems. Recently, neural network analysis has been applied in the electromagnetics area for the design of frequency selective surfaces and beam forming networks. The backpropagation training algorithm was employed to simulate classical antenna array synthesis techniques. The Woodward-Lawson (W-L) and Dolph-Chebyshev (D-C) array pattern synthesis techniques were used to train the neural network. The inputs to the network were samples of the desired synthesis pattern. The outputs are the array element excitations required to synthesize the desired pattern. Once trained, the network is used to simulate the W-L or D-C techniques. Various sector patterns and cosecant-type patterns (27 total) generated using W-L synthesis were used to train the network. Desired pattern samples were then fed to the neural network. The outputs of the network were the simulated W-L excitations. A 20 element linear array was used. There were 41 input pattern samples with 40 output excitations (20 real parts, 20 imaginary). A comparison between the simulated and actual W-L techniques is shown for a triangular-shaped pattern. Dolph-Chebyshev is a different class of synthesis technique in that D-C is used for side lobe control as opposed to pattern

  4. UWB planar antenna technology

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    2008-01-01

    Recent developments of the ultra-wideband(UWB)planar antennas are reviewed,where the progress in UWB plate monopole antennas,UWB printed monopole antennas and the UWB printed slot antennas is introduced and compared.In addition,the UWB printed antennas with the band-notched functions are also presented.

  5. A millimeter-wave integrated-circuit antenna based on the Fresnel zone plate

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    Gouker, Mark A.; Smith, Glenn S.

    1992-05-01

    A moderate-gain, easily constructed, millimeter-wave IC antenna based on the Fresnel zone plate has been developed. The gain and beamwidth of the antenna can be varied by adjusting the diameter and focal length of the zone plate. A theory is developed which accurately predicts the on-axis gain, beamwidth, and sidelobe levels of antennas with zone-plate focal lengths greater than 8-9 lambda. Graphs are presented to aid in the design of other IC zone-plate antennas. The performance of the antenna without the reflector and lambda/4 spacer was investigated. The gain of the antenna with nothing behind the zone plate is found to approach that of the fully configured antenna with the lambda/4 spacer and reflector. The reflection from the open rings which is responsible for this phenomenon is enhanced as the dielectric constant of the substrate is increased. Thus, on substrates with high permittivity the reflector and lambda/4 spacer may not be necessary.

  6. Synthesis of multiple shaped beam antenna patterns

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    Stutzman, W. L.; Coffey, E. L.

    1973-01-01

    Results are presented of research into the problem of finding an excitation of a given antenna such that the desired radiation pattern is approximated to within acceptable limits. This is to be done in such a fashion that boundary conditions involving hardware limitations may be inserted into the problem. The intended application is synthesis of multiple shaped beam antennas. Since this is perhaps the most difficult synthesis problem an antenna engineer is likely to encounter, the approach taken was to include as a by-product capability for synthesizing simpler patterns. The synthesis technique has been almost totally computerized. The class of antennas which may be synthesized with the computer program are those which may be represented as planar (continuous or discrete) current distributions. The technique is not limited in this sense and could indeed by extended to include, for example, the synthesis of conformal arrays or current distributions on the surface of reflectors. The antenna types which the program is set up to synthesize are: line source, rectangular aperture, circular aperture, linear array, rectangular array, and arbitrary planar array.

  7. Design and fabrication of miniature antenna based on silicon substrate for wireless communications

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    GUO XingLong; JIN Yan; LIU Lei; OUYANG WeiXia; LAI ZongSheng

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, a novel compact CPW-fed slot small antenna was designed and fab-ricated on high-resistivity silicon (HR-Si) by micro-electronics process. The results of simulation are consistent with results of measurement for the antenna. The mode of the antenna is vertical and horizontal bidirectional radiations. The gain of antenna is 2.5 dB, and the resonance frequency approximately is 3 GHz. This fab-rication can be compatible with antenna integration and CMOS process. The pa-rameters of this antenna are for reference radar antenna system of Unmanned Ae-rial Vehicles (UAV), satellite transmission, and communication.

  8. Design Optimization of Expansion Driven Components for the HJ-1-C Satellite

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    Huang Zhi-rong

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Expansion-driven HJ-1-C satellite components are prone to fatigue and fracture; thus, a reliability study on the optimal design is performed. According to the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA of the components, the main failure modes are stress relaxation and impact breakage of the torsion and scroll springs. On the basis of the failure modes, a prototype spring is tested, and the relative reliabilities are calculated. Then, reliability measures are proposed, and the design optimization of the springs is carried out. The improvements introduced by the prototype spring are indicative of the effectiveness and reliability of the design optimization process, which can help design and analyze similar antenna reflectors in the future.

  9. Calculation of thermal noise in grating reflectors

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    Heinert, Daniel; Friedrich, Daniel; Hild, Stefan; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Leavey, Sean; Martin, Iain W; Nawrodt, Ronny; Tünnermann, Andreas; Vyatchanin, Sergey P; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro

    2013-01-01

    Grating reflectors have been repeatedly discussed to improve the noise performance of metrological applications due to the reduction or absence of any coating material. So far, however, no quantitative estimate on the thermal noise of these reflective structures exists. In this work we present a theoretical calculation of a grating reflector's noise. We further apply it to a proposed 3rd generation gravitational wave detector. Depending on the grating geometry, the grating material and the temperature we obtain a thermal noise decrease by up to a factor of ten compared to conventional dielectric mirrors. Thus the use of grating reflectors can substantially improve the noise performance in metrological applications.

  10. Optical antennas and plasmonics

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    Park, Q-Han

    2009-01-01

    Optical antenna is a nanoscale miniaturization of radio or microwave antennas that is also governed by the rule of plasmonics. We introduce various types of optical antenna and make an overview of recent developments in optical antenna research. The role of local and surface plasmons in optical antenna is explained through antenna resonance and resonance conditions for specific metal structures are explicitly obtained. Strong electric field is shown to exist within a highly localized region o...

  11. Dual-band pattern reconfigurable antenna for wireless MIMO applications

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    Jeong Keun Ji

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a dual-band pattern reconfigurable antenna is proposed for 2.4 and 5.8 GHz wireless multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO applications. The proposed antenna comprises four pairs of active elements and parasitic elements loaded on PIN diodes. By switching PIN diodes, the parasitic element acts as a director or reflector, and the radiation patterns of the antenna are optimized. The antenna offers three modes with nine radiation beam patterns in a 5.8 GHz band. The measured peak gain of all the beam patterns ranges from 5.6 to 10.4 dBi. At a 2.4 GHz band, omnidirectional beam patterns with a measured peak gain of approximately 4.5 dBi are generated.

  12. Antennas in inhomogeneous media

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    Galejs, Janis; Fock, V A; Wait, J R

    2013-01-01

    Antennas in Inhomogeneous Media details the methods of analyzing antennas in such inhomogeneous media. The title covers the complex geometrical configurations along with its variational formulations. The coverage of the text includes various conditions the antennas are subjected to, such as antennas in the interface between two media; antennas in compressible isotropic plasma; and linear antennas in a magnetoionic medium. The selection also covers insulated loops in lossy media; slot antennas with a stratified dielectric or isotropic plasma layers; and cavity-backed slot antennas. The book wil

  13. Design and layout of rectangular waveguide horns antennas

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    Fasold, D.; Pecher, H.

    Theoretical basis of waveguide horn antennas (WHA) is outlined. Applicable design curves, such as nomograms for determining gain and a diagram for laying out necessary waveguide dimensions, are given. Use of WHA designs in satellite radio and television systems is discussed. Antenna radiation pattern calculations are treated and optimization problems are dealt with. Based on design feasibility results, a laboratory model of a transmitter antenna for TV-SAT was built. The equipment, an elliptical waveguide horn design, demonstrates satisfactory performance.

  14. Sidelobe Canceling for Optimization of Reconfigurable Holographic Metamaterial Antenna

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    Johnson, Mikala C.; Brunton, Steven L.; Kutz, J Nathan; Kundtz, Nathan B.

    2014-01-01

    Accurate and efficient methods for beam-steering of holographic metamaterial antennas is of critical importance for enabling consumer usage of satellite data capacities. We develop an optimization algorithm capable of performing adaptive, real-time control of antenna patterns while operating in dynamic environments. Our method provides a first analysis of the antenna pattern optimization problem in the context of metamaterials and for the purpose of directing the central beam and significantl...

  15. Design and analysis of a folded Fresnel Zone Plate antenna

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    Ji, Yu; Fujita, Masaharu

    1994-08-01

    Based on the Kirchhoff-Huygens diffraction theory, a simple analytical method of a planar folded Fresnel zone-plate (FZP), that is the case when a planar reflector is placed behind the zone plates, has been developed. According to the numerical calculation results, the design procedure of the FZP antenna has been presented, and its focusing characteristics and gain-optimized conditions have been discussed. The variations of the focal field distribution with the antenna parameters such as zone numbers, focal length and antenna diameter and the radiation power patterns of the FZP have been simulated numerically. To take a good balance of both receiving and transmitting antennas, at 60GHz operating frequency, the focal length should be designed as a half of the antenna diameter and the zone number should be from 10 to 15. The results in this work show that the folded FZP has good focal characteristics and off-axis performance, and its antenna gain can be optimized by the suitable antenna parameter design. The possibility of applying the folded FZP as a low cost and high gain antenna without strict manufacturing requirement for millimeter-wave communications has been shown.

  16. Microstrip Yagi Antenna with Dual Aperture-Coupled Feed

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    Pogorzelski, Ronald; Venkatesan, Jaikrishna

    2008-01-01

    A proposed microstrip Yagi antenna would operate at a frequency of 8.4 GHz (which is in the X band) and would feature a mechanically simpler, more elegant design, relative to a prior L-band microstrip Yagi antenna. In general, the purpose of designing a microstrip Yagi antenna is to combine features of a Yagi antenna with those of a microstrip patch to obtain an antenna that can be manufactured at low cost, has a low profile, and radiates a directive beam that, as plotted on an elevation plane perpendicular to the antenna plane, appears tilted away from the broadside. Such antennas are suitable for flush mounting on surfaces of diverse objects, including spacecraft, aircraft, land vehicles, and computers. Stated somewhat more precisely, what has been proposed is a microstrip antenna comprising an array of three Yagi elements. Each element would include four microstrip-patch Yagi subelements: one reflector patch, one driven patch, and two director patches. To obtain circular polarization, each driven patch would be fed by use of a dual offset aperture-coupled feed featuring bow-tie-shaped apertures. The selection of the dual offset bow-tie aperture geometry is supported by results found in published literature that show that this geometry would enable matching of the impedances of the driven patches to the 50-Omega impedance of the microstrip feedline while maintaining a desirably large front-to-back lobe ratio.

  17. Flexible 16 Antenna Array for Microwave Breast Cancer Detection.

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    Bahramiabarghouei, Hadi; Porter, Emily; Santorelli, Adam; Gosselin, Benoit; Popović, Milica; Rusch, Leslie A

    2015-10-01

    Radar-based microwave imaging has been widely studied for breast cancer detection in recent times. Sensing dielectric property differences of tissues has been studied over a wide frequency band for this application. We design single- and dual-polarization antennas for wireless ultrawideband breast cancer detection systems using an inhomogeneous multilayer model of the human breast. Antennas made from flexible materials are more easily adapted to wearable applications. Miniaturized flexible monopole and spiral antennas on a 50-μm Kapton polyimide are designed, using a high-frequency structure simulator, to be in contact with biological breast tissues. The proposed antennas are designed to operate in a frequency range of 2-4 GHz (with reflection coefficient (S11) below -10 dB). Measurements show that the flexible antennas have good impedance matching when in different positions with different curvature around the breast. Our miniaturized flexible antennas are 20 mm × 20 mm. Furthermore, two flexible conformal 4 × 4 ultrawideband antenna arrays (single and dual polarization), in a format similar to that of a bra, were developed for a radar-based breast cancer detection system. By using a reflector for the arrays, the penetration of the propagated electromagnetic waves from the antennas into the breast can be improved by factors of 3.3 and 2.6, respectively.

  18. Perfect Multi-Channel Flat Reflectors

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    Asadchy, V S; Elsakka, A; Albooyeh, M; Tretyakov, S A

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in engineered gradient metasurfaces have enabled unprecedented opportunities for light manipulation using optically thin sheets, such as anomalous refraction, reflection, or focusing of an incident beam. Here we introduce a concept of multi-channel functional metasurfaces, which are able to control incoming and outgoing waves in a number of propagation directions or polarization states simultaneously and independently. In particular, we reveal a possibility to create perfect multi-channel reflectors. Under the assumption of reciprocity and energy conservation, we find that there exist three fundamental classes of multi-channel mirrors. Together they form a basis of all possible reflection functionalities achievable with flat periodically modulated reflectors. To demonstrate the potential of the introduced concept, we design and experimentally test one of the basis multi-channel reflectors, confirming the desired multi-channel response. Furthermore, by extending the concept to reflectors suppor...

  19. Efficient Wave Energy Amplification with Wave Reflectors

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    Kramer, Morten Mejlhede; Frigaard, Peter Bak

    2002-01-01

    Wave Energy Converters (WEC's) extract wave energy from a limited area, often a single point or line even though the wave energy is generally spread out along the wave crest. By the use of wave reflectors (reflecting walls) the wave energy is effectively focused and increased to approximately 130......-140%. In the paper a procedure for calculating the efficiency and optimizing the geometry of wave reflectors are described, this by use of a 3D boundary element method. The calculations are verified by laboratory experiments and a very good agreement is found. The paper gives estimates of possible power benifit...... for different geometries of the wave reflectors and optimal geometrical design parameters are specified. On this basis inventors of WEC's can evaluate whether a specific WEC possible could benefit from wave reflectors....

  20. Easily Assembled Reflector for Solar Concentrators

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    Bouquet, F. L.; Hasegawa, T.

    1982-01-01

    Reflectors for concentrating solar collectors are assembled quickly and inexpensively by method that employs precontoured supports, plastic film, and adhesive to form a segmented glass mirror. New method is self-focusing, and does not require skilled labor at any stage. Contoured ribs support film and mirror segments of reflector. Nine mirror segments are bonded to sheet. Combined mirror surface closely approximates a spherical surface with a radius of curvature of 36 inches (0.91 m).

  1. A new concept for solid surface deployable antennas

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    Guest, S. D.; Pellegrino, S.

    1996-01-01

    This paper presents a new class of rigid-panel deployable antennas. The antenna surface is divided into a series of panels, which fold by wrapping around a central hub. All connections between the panels are made by revolute joints. This new folding technique has significant advantages over previous concepts, both in terms of packaged size, and mechanical simplicity. Furthermore, the size and shape of the packaged reflector can be readily adapted to any particular set of mission requirements. A small hardware demonstrator, which has been designed, manufactured and successfully tested, is discussed in the paper.

  2. Dual-frequency feed system for 26-meter antenna conversion

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    Hartop, R. W.

    1977-01-01

    New cassegrain feed cone assemblies were designed as part of the upgrade of three 26-meter diameter antennas to 34-meter diameter with improved performance. The new dual-frequency feed cone (SXD) will provide both S- and X-band feed systems and traveling wave masers, with a reflex reflector system to permit simultaneous operation analogous to the 64-meter antennas. Tasks involved in adding the X-band receiving capability and improving the S-band feed performance in support of Voyager and later missions described in.

  3. Definition of IMR antenna test techniques

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    Vokurka, V. J.

    1984-09-01

    Compact antenna test ranges (CR) with two cylindrical reflectors are compared with other indoor techniques. It is shown that only CR create an electromagnetic field environment suitable for far field simulation. The reflectivity level of CR is better than that of other (indoor and outdoor) ranges. Levels as low as -70 dB are realistic; this implies that an important source of errors in pattern measurements is eliminated. The cross-polar level is relatively high for linear polarization (vertical plane only), but accurate cross-polar measurements are possible. Errors due to amplitude taper are acceptable even for antennas which occupy 60% of the CR dimension (linear). Phase characteristics are almost perfect.

  4. Solar central receiver heliostat reflector assembly

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    Horton, Richard H.; Zdeb, John J.

    1980-01-01

    A heliostat reflector assembly for a solar central receiver system comprises a light-weight, readily assemblable frame which supports a sheet of stretchable reflective material and includes mechanism for selectively applying tension to and positioning the sheet to stretch it to optical flatness. The frame is mounted on and supported by a pipe pedestal assembly that, in turn, is installed in the ground. The frame is controllably driven in a predetermined way by a light-weight drive system so as to be angularly adjustable in both elevation and azimuth to track the sun and efficiently continuously reflect the sun's rays to a focal zone, i.e. central receiver, which forms part of a solar energy utilization system, such as a solar energy fueled electrical power generation system. The frame may include a built-in system for testing for optical flatness of the reflector. The preferable geometric configuration of the reflector is octagonal; however, it may be other shapes, such as hexagonal, pentagonal or square. Several different embodiments of means for tensioning and positioning the reflector to achieve optical flatness are disclosed. The reflector assembly is based on the stretch frame concept which provides an extremely light-weight, simple, low-cost reflector assembly that may be driven for positioning and tracking by a light-weight, inexpensive drive system.

  5. The large adaptive reflector: a 200-m diameter wideband centimeter- to meter-wave radio telescope

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    Carlson, Brent; Bauwens, Luc; Belostotski, Leonid; Cannon, Elizabeth; Chang, Ya-Ying; Deng, Xiaohui; Dewdney, Peter E.; Fitzsimmons, Joeleff T.; Halliday, David; Kuerschner, Kai; Lachapelle, Gerard; Lo, David; Mousavi, Pedram; Nahon, Meyer; Shafai, Lot; Stiemer, Sigfried F.; Taylor, Russell; Veidt, Bruce

    2000-07-01

    The Large Adaptive Reflector (LAR) is a concept for a low- cost, large aperture, wideband, radio telescope, designed to operate over the wavelength range from 2 m to 1.4 cm. It consists of a 200-m diameter actuated-surface parabolic reflector with a focal length of 500 m, mounted flat on the ground. The feed is held in place by a tension-structure, consisting of three or more tethers tensioned by the lift of a large, helium-filled aerostat -- a stiff structure that effectively resists wind forces. The telescope is steered by simultaneously changing the lengths of the tethers with winches (thus the position of the feed) and by modifying the shape of the reflector. At all times the reflector configuration is that of an offset parabolic antenna, with the capability to point anywhere in the sky above approximately 15 degree Elevation Angle. At mid-range wavelengths, the feed is a multi-beam prime-focus phased array, about 5 m diameter; at meter wavelengths, it is a single-beam phased array of up to 10 m diameter. Simulations have shown that in operating wind conditions (10 m/s average speed with 2.5 m/s gusts), the position of the feed platform can be stabilized to within a few cm over time scales of approximately 20 s. Research indicates that the telescope concept is feasible and that an order of magnitude improvement in cost per m2 of collecting area over traditional designs of large parabolic antennas can be achieved.

  6. Computer controlled antenna system

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    Raumann, N. A.

    1972-01-01

    The application of small computers using digital techniques for operating the servo and control system of large antennas is discussed. The advantages of the system are described. The techniques were evaluated with a forty foot antenna and the Sigma V computer. Programs have been completed which drive the antenna directly without the need for a servo amplifier, antenna position programmer or a scan generator.

  7. A Self-Complementary 1.2 to 40 GHz Spiral Antenna with Impedance Matching

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    M. Mazanek

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a design of the Self- Complementary Spiral Antenna (SCSA which consists of a spiral antenna and a wideband impedance transformer. The spiral antenna and the transformer are designed separately due to computing demands. New knowledge about current distribution on the spiral antenna and influence of higher numbers of wavelength in circumference is presented. The novel transition between feeding and radiating antenna structure are optimized in the frequency range 1.2 to 40 GHz. The meaning of the transition in the paper includes the impedance as well as the geometry transforming of the structure. The antenna is suitable for wideband illuminating of a parabolic reflector due to relatively constant phase center and radiation pattern with frequency.

  8. Optical antenna gain. I - Transmitting antennas

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    Klein, B. J.; Degnan, J. J.

    1974-01-01

    The gain of centrally obscured optical transmitting antennas is analyzed in detail. The calculations, resulting in near- and far-field antenna gain patterns, assume a circular antenna illuminated by a laser operating in the TEM-00 mode. A simple polynomial equation is derived for matching the incident source distribution to a general antenna configuration for maximum on-axis gain. An interpretation of the resultant gain curves allows a number of auxiliary design curves to be drawn that display the losses in antenna gain due to pointing errors and the cone angle of the beam in the far field as a function of antenna aperture size and its central obscuration. The results are presented in a series of graphs that allow the rapid and accurate evaluation of the antenna gain which may then be substituted into the conventional range equation.

  9. Optical antenna gain. 1: transmitting antennas.

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    Klein, B J; Degnan, J J

    1974-09-01

    The gain of centrally obscured optical transmitting antennas is analyzed in detail. The calculations, resulting in near- and far-field antenna gain patterns, assume a circular antenna illuminated by a laser operating in the TEM(00) mode. A simple polynomial equation is derived for matching the incident source distribution to a general antenna configuration for maximum on-axis gain. An interpretation of the resultant gain curves allows a number of auxiliary design curves to be drawn that display the losses in antenna gain due to pointing errors and the cone angle of the beam in the far field as a function of antenna aperture size and its central obscuration. The results are presented in a series of graphs that allow the rapid and accurate evaluation of the antenna gain which may then be substituted into the conventional range equation.

  10. 21-cm Observations with the NASA ADAS 18-meter Antenna System: Baseline Astronomical Observations and Measurements of Performance Characteristics

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    Malphrus, B. K.; Combs, M. S.; Kruth, J.

    2001-12-01

    Herein we report astronomical observations made with the NASA Advanced Data Acquisition System (ADAS). The NASA ADAS antenna, located at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, is an 18-meter X-band antenna system that has been primarily used for satellite tracking and served as the telecommunication station for the NASA IUE satellite until ca. 1997. A joint NASA-Morehead State University (MSU)-Kentucky NSF EPSCoR venture has been initiated to upgrade and relocate the antenna system to MSU's Astrophysics Laboratory where it will provide a research instrument and active laboratory for undergraduate students as well as be engaged in satellite tracking missions. As part of the relocation efforts, many systems will be upgraded including replacement of a hydrostatic azimuth bearing with a high-precision electromechanical bearing, a new servo system, and Ku-capable reflector surface. It is widely believed that there are still contributions that small aperture centimeter-wave instruments can make utilizing three primary observing strategies: 1.) longitudinal studies of RF variations in cosmic phenomena, 2.) surveys of large areas of sky, and 3.) fast reactions to transient phenomena. MSU faculty and staff along with NASA engineers re-outfitted the ADAS system with RF systems and upgraded servo controllers during the spring and summer of 2001. Empirical measurements of primary system performance characteristics were made including G/T (at S- and L bands), noise figures, pointing and tracking accuracies, and drive speeds and accelerations. Baseline astronomical observations were made with the MSU L-band receiver using a 6 MHz bandwidth centered at 1420 MHz (21-cm) and observing over a range of frequencies (up to 2.5 MHz, tunable over the 6 MHz window) with a 2048-channel back-end spectrometer, providing up to 1 KHz frequency resolution. Baseline observations of radio sources herein reported include Cygnus A, 3C 157, 3C 48 and the Andromeda

  11. Microstrip Array Antenna with 16 Patches for UHF Band Television Signal Reception

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    Yulindon Yulindon

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available There are 2 commonly known equipment for the reception of television broadcasts i.e. using a parabolic antenna connected to satellite receiver and a wire or pipe antenna that directly connected to the television receiver. Receiving the signal by means of a parabolic antenna is more expensive because it requires additional tools , namely satellite receivers, so generally the people like to choose the easier way by direct receiving the signal using wire antenna. The antenna construction which made of aluminum pipes has a weakness easily bent or broken on the assembling phase as well as when there are high winds causing the antenna mast collapsed, confirmed that the antenna is bent, loose or broken elements. The paper relates to a microstrip antenna for reception of television signals using material printed circuit boards or printed circuit board (PCB which is a thin but strong in the form of a number of patches array separated in a certain distance.

  12. PBG based terahertz antenna for aerospace applications

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    Choudhury, Balamati; Jha, Rakesh Mohan

    2016-01-01

    This book focuses on high-gain antennas in the terahertz spectrum and their optimization. The terahertz spectrum is an unallocated EM spectrum, which is being explored for a number of applications, especially to meet increasing demands of high data rates for wireless space communications. Space communication systems using the terahertz spectrum can resolve the problems of limited bandwidth of present wireless communications without radio-frequency interference. This book describes design of such high-gain antennas and their performance enhancement using photonic band gap (PBG) substrates. Further, optimization of antenna models using evolutionary algorithm based computational engine has been included. The optimized high-performance compact antenna may be used for various wireless applications, such as inter-orbital communications and on-vehicle satellite communications.

  13. Phase shifter for antenna beam steering

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    Jindal, Ravi; Razban, Tchanguiz

    2016-03-01

    Wide band Array Antenna operates in Ku-band (10.7-12.7 GHz) frequency composed of N×N radiating elements. This antenna aims at the reception of television satellite signals. The goal of this research is to provide better possibility of electronic beam control instead of manual or mechanical control, and design compact and low cost phase shifters to be inserted in the feeding network of this antenna. The electronic control of the phase shifter will allow the control of beam steering. The emphasis of this project will be done at the beginning on the design of a good phase shifter in Ku band. The aim of this research is to define, simulate, release and measure a continuous phase shifter. Better reflection loss, low transmission loss, low Cost of array antennas, large range of phase-shifter, phase flatness and bandwidth will be achieved by providing better gain.

  14. Phase shifter for antenna beam steering

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    Jindal, Ravi, E-mail: rjindal21@gmail.com [Master’s(MS) in System Electronics and General Electrical, Ecole Polytechnique of university of Nantes France, IETR, Nantes (France); Razban, Tchanguiz, E-mail: tchanguiz.razban-haghighi@univ-nantes.fr [Electronics and Telecommunication Institute of Rennes (IETR-UMR 6164), Ecole Polytechnique of university of Nantes France, IETR, Nantes (France)

    2016-03-09

    Wide band Array Antenna operates in Ku-band (10.7-12.7 GHz) frequency composed of N×N radiating elements. This antenna aims at the reception of television satellite signals. The goal of this research is to provide better possibility of electronic beam control instead of manual or mechanical control, and design compact and low cost phase shifters to be inserted in the feeding network of this antenna. The electronic control of the phase shifter will allow the control of beam steering. The emphasis of this project will be done at the beginning on the design of a good phase shifter in Ku band. The aim of this research is to define, simulate, release and measure a continuous phase shifter. Better reflection loss, low transmission loss, low Cost of array antennas, large range of phase-shifter, phase flatness and bandwidth will be achieved by providing better gain.

  15. Aperture Engineering for Impulse Radiating Antennas

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    Tyo, J. S.

    The past several years have seen the development of an improved understanding of the role of aperture design for impulse radiating antennas (IRAs). The understanding began with the emergence of the concept of prompt aperture efficiency for ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas. This emergence allowed us to concentrate on ways to shape the aperture and control the field distribution within the aperture in order to maximize the prompt response from IRAs. In many high voltage UWB applications it is impossible to increase the radiated fields by increasing the source power. This is because in such instances the sources are already at the limits of linear electromagnetics. In these cases, we would like to come up with methods to improve the radiated field without altering the input impedance of the IRA. In this paper we will explore several such methods including the position of the feed arms to maximize field uniformity, the shaping of the aperture to increase radiated fields by reducing the aperture size, the relative sizing of the reflector (or lens) and the feed horn, and actually reorienting the currents on the reflector by controlling the direction of current flow. One common thread appears in all of these studies, that is the influence of Dr. Carl Baum on the direction and development of the work.

  16. Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) Requirements for Space Station Accommodations

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    Crowe, D. A.; Clayton, M. J.; Runge, F. C.

    1985-01-01

    Top level requirements for assembly and integration of the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) Observatory at the Space Station are examined. Concepts are currently under study for LDR which will provide a sequel to the Infrared Astronomy Satellite and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. LDR will provide a spectacular capability over a very broad spectral range. The Space Station will provide an essential facility for the initial assembly and check out of LDR, as well as a necessary base for refurbishment, repair and modification. By providing a manned platform, the Space Station will remove the time constraint on assembly associated with use of the Shuttle alone. Personnel safety during necessary EVA is enhanced by the presence of the manned facility.

  17. Radiation Efficient Unidirectional Low-Profile Slot Antenna Elements for X-Band Application

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    C. Löcker

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Slots in metallic ground planes are very promising candidates for conformal antenna applications. However, a low-profile unidirectional antenna requires a back reflector close to the slot and the resulting stripline feed causes strong excitation of parallel-plate modes. In this contribution, we consider unidirectional reflector-backed slot configurations with parallel-plate mode suppression by shorting pins. Starting from a parametric study with respect to shorting pin location and back reflector distance, we present a stripline-fed rectangular slot element with radiation efficiency of more than 80% and a bandwidth of about 5% at centre frequency 10GHz. A careful optimisation of shorting pin locations guarantees reliable parallel-plate mode suppression without deteriorating the slot radiation behaviour. Coupling coefficients between parallel and aligned rectangular slot elements are presented. For increased bandwidth applications, a bow-tie slot element with about 8% bandwidth and radiation efficiency of close to 80% is proposed.

  18. Parabolic antennas, and circular slot arrays, for the generation of Non-Diffracting Beams of Microwaves

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    Zamboni-Rached, Michel

    2014-01-01

    We propose in detail Antennas for generating Non-Diffracting Beams of Microwaves, for instance with frequencies of the order of 10 GHz, obtaining fair results even when having recourse to realistic apertures endowed with reasonable diameters. Our first proposal refers mainly to sets of suitable annular slits, having in mind various possible applications, including remote sensing. Our second proposal --which constitutes one of the main aims of this paper-- refers to the alternative, rather simple, use of a Parabolic Reflector, illuminated by a spherical wave source located on the paraboloid axis but slightly displaced with respect to the Focus of the Paraboloid. Such a parabolic reflector yields "extended focus" (non-diffracting) beams. [OCIS codes: 999.9999; 070.7545; 050.1120; 280.0280; 050.1755; 070.0070; 200.0200. Keywords: Non-Diffracting Waves; Microwaves; Remote sensing; Annular Arrays; Bessel beams; Extended focus; Reflecting paraboloids; Parabolic reflectors; Parabolic antennas].

  19. SPS solid state antenna power combiner

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    Fitzsimmons, G. W.

    1980-01-01

    A concept for a solar power satellite antenna power combiner which utilizes solid state dc-rf converters is described. To avoid the power combining losses associated with circuit hybrids it is proposed that the power from multiple solid state amplifiers be combined by direct coupling of each amplifier's output to the radiating antenna structure. The selected power-combining antenna consists of a printed (metalized) microstrip circuit on a ceramic type dielectric substrate which is backed by a shallow lightweight aluminum cavity which sums the power of four microwave sources. The antenna behaves like two one-half wavelength slot-line antennas coupled together via their common cavity structure. A significant feature of the antenna configuration selected is that the radiated energy is summed to yield a single radiated output phase which represents the average insertion phase of the four power amplifiers. This energy may be sampled and, by comparison with the input signal, one can phase error correct to maintain the insertion phase of all solid state power combining modules at exactly the same value. This insures that the insertion phase of each SPS power combining antenna module is identical. An experiment verification program is described.

  20. Reconfigurable Plasma Antenna Array by Using Fluorescent Tube for Wi-Fi Application

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    H. Ja’afar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new design of reconfigurable plasma antenna array using commercial fluorescent tube. A round shape reconfigurable plasma antenna array is proposed to collimate beam radiated by an omnidirectional antenna (monopole antenna operates at 2.4GHz in particular direction. The antenna design is consisted of monopole antenna located at the center of circular aluminum ground. The monopole antenna is surrounded by a cylindrical shell of conducting plasma. The plasma shield consists of 12 commercial fluorescent tubes aligned in series containing a mixture of Argon gas and mercury vapor which upon electrification forms plasma columns. The plasma behaves as a conductor and acts as a reflector in radiation, in the condition where plasma frequency,ωp is higher than operating frequency. From this concepts, when all plasma elements are activated or switched to ON, the radiation signal from monopole antenna will trapped inside the plasma blanket and meanwhile when one or more plasma elements is deactivated (switched OFF, the radiation from monopole antenna will escape. This antenna has the capability to change its patterns with beam direction at 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°, 210°, 240°, 270°, 300° and 330° at frequency 2.4 GHz. The proposed antenna has been successfully fabricated and measured with conclusive results.

  1. Computer-Automated Evolution of Spacecraft X-Band Antennas

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    Lohn, Jason D.; Homby, Gregory S.; Linden, Derek S.

    2010-01-01

    A document discusses the use of computer- aided evolution in arriving at a design for X-band communication antennas for NASA s three Space Technology 5 (ST5) satellites, which were launched on March 22, 2006. Two evolutionary algorithms, incorporating different representations of the antenna design and different fitness functions, were used to automatically design and optimize an X-band antenna design. A set of antenna designs satisfying initial ST5 mission requirements was evolved by use these algorithms. The two best antennas - one from each evolutionary algorithm - were built. During flight-qualification testing of these antennas, the mission requirements were changed. After minimal changes in the evolutionary algorithms - mostly in the fitness functions - new antenna designs satisfying the changed mission requirements were evolved and within one month of this change, two new antennas were designed and prototypes of the antennas were built and tested. One of these newly evolved antennas was approved for deployment on the ST5 mission, and flight-qualified versions of this design were built and installed on the spacecraft. At the time of writing the document, these antennas were the first computer-evolved hardware in outer space.

  2. A linearly and circularly polarized active integrated antenna

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    Khoshniat, Ali

    This thesis work presents a new harmonic suppression technique for microstrip patch antennas. Harmonic suppression in active integrated antennas is known as an effective method to improve the efficiency of amplifiers in transmitter side. In the proposed design, the antenna works as the radiating element and, at the same time, as the tuning load for the amplifier circuit that is directly matched to the antenna. The proposed active antenna architecture is easy to fabricate and is symmetric, so it can be conveniently mass-produced and designed to have circular polarization, which is preferred in many applications such as satellite communications. The antenna simulations were performed using Ansoft High Frequency System Simulator (HFSS) and all amplifier design steps were simulated by Advanced Design System (ADS). The final prototypes of the linearly polarized active integrated antenna and the circularly polarized active integrated antenna were fabricated using a circuit board milling machine. The antenna radiation pattern was measured inside Utah State University's anechoic chamber and the results were satisfactory. Power measurements for the amplifiers' performance were carried out inside the chamber and calculated by using the Friis transmission equation. It is seen that a significant improvement in the efficiency is achieved compared to the reference antenna without harmonic suppression. Based on the success in the single element active antenna design, the thesis also presents a feasibility of applying the active integrated antenna in array configuration, in particular, in scanning array design to yield a low-profile, low-cost alternative to the parabolic antenna transmitter of satellite communication systems.

  3. New principle for unpolarized wideband reflectors

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    Niraula, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    There is immense scientific interest in the properties of resonant thin films embroidered with periodic nanoscale features. This device class possesses considerable innovation potential. Accordingly, we report unpolarized broadband reflectors enabled by a serial arrangement of a pair of polarized subwavelength gratings. Optimized with numerical methods, our elemental gratings consist of a partially-etched crystalline-silicon film on a quartz substrate. The resulting reflectors exhibit extremely wide spectral reflection bands in one polarization. By arranging two such reflectors sequentially with orthogonal periodicities, there results an unpolarized spectral band that exceeds those of the individual polarized bands. In the experiments reported herein, we achieve zero-order reflectance exceeding 97% under unpolarized light incidence over a 500-nm-wide wavelength band in the near-infrared domain. Moreover, the resonant unpolarized broadband accommodates an ultra-high-reflection band spanning ~85 nm and exceedin...

  4. Scanning characteristics of metamirror antennas with sub-wavelength focal distance

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    Tcvetkova, Svetlana N; Tretyakov, Sergei A

    2016-01-01

    We investigate beam scanning by lateral feed displacement in novel metasurface based reflector antennas with extremely short focal distances. Electric field distributions of the waves reflected from the antenna are studied numerically and experimentally for defocusing angles up to 24 degrees. The results show that despite extremely small focal distances, the scanning ability of metamirrors is similar to that of comparable reflectarrays. In addition to offering a possibility to realize extremely small focal distances, metamirror antennas are practically penetrable and invisible for any radiation outside of the operating frequency range.

  5. Technology for a quasi-GSO satellite communications system

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    Katagi, T.; Yonezawa, R.; Chiba, I.; Urasaki, S.

    1999-01-01

    In this paper, a satellite communications system using a Quasi Geostationary Satellite Orbit (Quasi-GSO) is proposed. A 24-hour period Quasi-GSO system could give high quality communication to high latitude regions with its satellites observed from earth stations having high elevation angles. In this paper, a system concept and a deployable flat antenna with light weight antenna elements are described proposing it to be a good candidate for mobile communications satellite use.

  6. Flexible plasma linear antenna

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    Zhao, Jiansen; Wang, Shengzheng; Wu, Huafeng; Liu, Yue; Chang, Yongmeng; Chen, Xinqiang

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we introduce a type of plasma antenna that was fabricated using flexible materials and excited using a 5-20 kHz alternating current (ac) power supply. The results showed that the antenna characteristics, including the impedance, the reflection coefficient (S11), the radiation pattern, and the gain, can be controlled rapidly and easily by varying both the discharge parameters and the antenna shapes. The scope for reconfiguration is greatly enhanced when the antenna shape is changed from a monopole to a helix configuration. Additionally, the antenna polarization can also be adjusted by varying the antenna shapes.

  7. Surface control system for the 15 meter hoop-column antenna

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    Miller, James B.; Ahl, Elvin L., Jr.; Butler, David H.; Peri, Frank, Jr.

    1986-01-01

    The 15-meter hoop-column antenna fabricated by the Harris Corporation under contract to the NASA Langley Research Center is described. The antenna is a deployable and restowable structure consisting of a central telescoping column, a 15-meter-diameter folding hoop, and a mesh reflector surface. The hoop is supported and positioned by 48 quartz cords attached to the column above the hoop, and by 24 graphite cords from the base of the antenna column. The RF reflective surface is a gold plated molybdenum wire mesh supported on a graphite cord truss structure which is attached between the hoop and the column. The surface contour is controlled by 96 graphite cords from the antenna base to the rear of the truss assembly. The antenna is actually a quadaperture reflector with each quadrant of the surface mesh shaped to produce an offset parabolic reflector. Results of near-field and structural tests are given. Controls structures and electromagnetics interaction, surface control system requirements, mesh control adjustment, surface control system actuator assembly, surface control system electronics, the system interface unit, and control stations are discussed.

  8. Cylindrical Antenna With Partly Adaptive Phased-Array Feed

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    Hussein, Ziad; Hilland, Jeff

    2003-01-01

    A proposed design for a phased-array fed cylindrical-reflector microwave antenna would enable enhancement of the radiation pattern through partially adaptive amplitude and phase control of its edge radiating feed elements. Antennas based on this design concept would be attractive for use in radar (especially synthetic-aperture radar) and other systems that could exploit electronic directional scanning and in which there are requirements for specially shaped radiation patterns, including ones with low side lobes. One notable advantage of this design concept is that the transmitter/ receiver modules feeding all the elements except the edge ones could be identical and, as a result, the antenna would cost less than in the cases of prior design concepts in which these elements may not be identical.

  9. Emissivity measurements in thin metallized membrane reflectors used for microwave radiometer sensors

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    Schroeder, Lyle C.; Cravey, Robin L.; Scherner, Michael J.; Hearn, Chase P.; Blume, Hans-Juergen C.

    1995-01-01

    This paper is concerned with electromagnetic losses in metallized films used for inflatable reflectors. An inflatable membrane is made of tough elastic material such as Kapton, and it is not electromagnetically reflective by design. A film of conducting metal is added to the membrane to enhance its reflective properties. Since the impetus for use of inflatables for spacecraft is the light weight and compact packaging, it is important that the metal film be as thin as possible. However, if the material is not conductive or thick enough, the radiation due to the emissivity of the reflector could be a significant part of the radiation gathered by the radiometer. The emissivity would be of little consequence to a radar or solar collector; but for a radiometer whose signal is composed of thermal radiation, this contribution could be severe. Bulk properties of the metal film cannot be used to predict its loss. For this reason, a program of analysis and measurement was undertaken to determine the emissivities of a number of candidate metallized film reflectors. This paper describes the three types of measurements which were performed on the metallized thin films: (1) a network analyzer system with an L-band waveguide; (2) an S-band radiometer; and (3) a network analyzer system with a C-band antenna free-space transmission system.

  10. Accurate Permittivity Measurements for Microwave Imaging via Ultra-Wideband Removal of Spurious Reflectors

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    Mathew G. Pelletier

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of microwave imaging is becoming more prevalent for detection of interior hidden defects in manufactured and packaged materials. In applications for detection of hidden moisture, microwave tomography can be used to image the material and then perform an inverse calculation to derive an estimate of the variability of the hidden material, such internal moisture, thereby alerting personnel to damaging levels of the hidden moisture before material degradation occurs. One impediment to this type of imaging occurs with nearby objects create strong reflections that create destructive and constructive interference, at the receiver, as the material is conveyed past the imaging antenna array. In an effort to remove the influence of the reflectors, such as metal bale ties, research was conducted to develop an algorithm for removal of the influence of the local proximity reflectors from the microwave images. This research effort produced a technique, based upon the use of ultra-wideband signals, for the removal of spurious reflections created by local proximity reflectors. This improvement enables accurate microwave measurements of moisture in such products as cotton bales, as well as other physical properties such as density or material composition. The proposed algorithm was shown to reduce errors by a 4:1 ratio and is an enabling technology for imaging applications in the presence of metal bale ties.

  11. Vertical reflector for bifacial PV-panels

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff;

    2016-01-01

    Bifacial solar modules offer an interesting price/performance ratio, and much work has been focused on directing the ground albedo to the back of the solar cells. In this work we design and develop a reflector for a vertical bifacial panel, with the objective to optimize the energy harvest...

  12. Hybrid grating reflectors: Origin of ultrabroad stopband

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol; Taghizadeh, Alireza; Chung, Il-Sug

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid grating (HG) reflectors with a high-refractive-index cap layer added onto a high contrast grating (HCG) provide a high reflectance close to 100% over a broader wavelength range than HCGs. The combination of a cap layer and a grating layer brings a strong Fabry-Perot (FP) resonance as well...

  13. Vertical reflector for bifacial PV-panels

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff

    2016-01-01

    Bifacial solar modules offer an interesting price/performance ratio, and much work has been focused on directing the ground albedo to the back of the solar cells. In this work we design and develop a reflector for a vertical bifacial panel, with the objective to optimize the energy harvest...

  14. Development of NRU reflector wall inspection system

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    Lumsden, R.H.; Luloff, B.V.; Zahn, N.; Simpson, N., E-mail: lumsdenr@aecl.ca [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada)

    2013-06-15

    In 2009 May, the National Research Universal (NRU) calandria leaked. During the next year, the calandria was inspected with six new Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques to determine the extent of the corrosion, repaired, and finally the repair was inspected with four additional new NDE techniques before the reactor was returned to service. The calandria is surrounded by a light-water reflector vessel fabricated from the same material as the calandria vessel. Concerns that the same corrosion mechanism had damaged the reflector vessel led to the development of a system to inspect the full circumference of the reflector wall for corrosion damage. The inspection region could only be accessed through 64 mm diameter ports, was 10 m below the port, and had to be inspected from the corroded surface. The ultrasonic technique was designed to produce a closely spaced wall thickness (WT) grid over an area of approximately 5 m2 on the corroded surface using a very small probe holder. This paper describes the Reflector Wall Inspection (RWI) development project and the system that resulted. (author)

  15. Multimode Analysis of Bragg Reflectors for Cyclotron Maser Applications

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    1991-02-16

    exponentially with distance in the reflector. The spatial dependance of the TMI I mode is oscillatory. Figure 3 shows the frequency dependence of the...mode reflector for a CARM oscillator resonator. Figure 4 shows the frequency dependance of the reflection and mode conversion in the reflector. In order

  16. Detection of reflector surface error from near-field data: Effect of edge diffracted field

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    Cherrette, Alan R.; Lee, Shong W.; Acosta, Roberto J.

    1987-01-01

    The surface accuracy of large reflector antennas must be maintained within certain tolerances if high gain/low sidelobe performance is to be achieved. Thus the measurement of the surface profile is an important part of the quality control procedure when constructing antennas of this type. An efficient method for surface profile measurement has been proposed, i.e., the reflector surface is calculated from the measured near-field phase data using the theory of geometric optics. For a surface profile calculation of this kind, it is necessary to know the margin of error built into the method of calculation. This will enable a specification of the tolerance from which the surface profile can be determined. When calculating the surface profile from near-field phase data, there are two main sources of error. The first is the measurement error in near-field phase data. The second arises from the edge diffracted fields that are superimposed on the reflected fields in the measured near-field data. The error in the calculated surface profile produced by the edge diffracted fields is examined.

  17. Antenna Pattern Range (APR)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — TheAntenna Pattern Range (APR)features a non-metallic arch with a trolley to move the transmit antenna from the horizon to zenith. At the center of the ground plane,...

  18. Antenna Structure Registrate

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    Department of Homeland Security — This file is an extract of the Antenna Structure Registrate (ASR). The ASR consists of antenna structures that are more than 60.96 meters (200 feet) in height or...

  19. Conformal phased array with beam forming for airborne satellite communication

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    Schippers, H.; Verpoorte, J.; Jorna, P.; Hulzinga, A.; Meijerink, A.; Roeloffzen, C.G.H.; Heideman, R.G.; Leinse, A.; Wintels, M.

    2008-01-01

    For enhanced communication on board of aircraft novel antenna systems with broadband satellite-based capabilities are required. The installation of such systems on board of aircraft requires the development of a very low-profile aircraft antenna, which can point to satellites anywhere in the upper h

  20. Evolutionary Design of a Phased Array Antenna Element

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    Globus, Al; Linden, Derek; Lohn, Jason

    2006-01-01

    We present an evolved S-band phased array antenna element design that meets the requirements of NASA's TDRS-C communications satellite scheduled for launch early next decade. The original specification called for two types of elements, one for receive only and one for transmit/receive. We were able to evolve a single element design that meets both specifications thereby simplifying the antenna and reducing testing and integration costs. The highest performance antenna found using a genetic algorithm and stochastic hill-climbing has been fabricated and tested. Laboratory results are largely consistent with simulation. Researchers have been investigating evolutionary antenna design and optimization since the early 1990s, and the field has grown in recent years its computer speed has increased and electromagnetic simulators have improved. Many antenna types have been investigated, including wire antennas, antenna arrays and quadrifilar helical antennas. In particular, our laboratory evolved a wire antenna design for NASA's Space Technology 5 (ST5) spacecraft. This antenna has been fabricated, tested, and is scheduled for launch on the three spacecraft in 2006.

  1. Understanding and optimizing microstrip patch antenna cross polarization radiation on element level for demanding phased array antennas in weather radar applications

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    Vollbracht, D.

    2015-11-01

    The antenna cross polarization suppression (CPS) is of significant importance for the accurate calculation of polarimetric weather radar moments. State-of-the-art reflector antennas fulfill these requirements, but phased array antennas are changing their CPS during the main beam shift, off-broadside direction. Since the cross polarization (x-pol) of the array pattern is affected by the x-pol element factor, the single antenna element should be designed for maximum CPS, not only at broadside, but also for the complete angular electronic scan (e-scan) range of the phased array antenna main beam positions. Different methods for reducing the x-pol radiation from microstrip patch antenna elements, available from literature sources, are discussed and summarized. The potential x-pol sources from probe fed microstrip patch antennas are investigated. Due to the lack of literature references, circular and square shaped X-Band radiators are compared in their x-pol performance and the microstrip patch antenna size variation was analyzed for improved x-pol pattern. Furthermore, the most promising technique for the reduction of x-pol radiation, namely "differential feeding with two RF signals 180° out of phase", is compared to single fed patch antennas and thoroughly investigated for phased array applications with simulation results from CST MICROWAVE STUDIO (CST MWS). A new explanation for the excellent port isolation of dual linear polarized and differential fed patch antennas is given graphically. The antenna radiation pattern from single fed and differential fed microstrip patch antennas are analyzed and the shapes of the x-pol patterns are discussed with the well-known cavity model. Moreover, two new visual based electromagnetic approaches for the explanation of the x-pol generation will be given: the field line approach and the surface current distribution approach provide new insight in understanding the generation of x-pol component in microstrip patch antenna radiation

  2. Cross resonant optical antenna.

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    Biagioni, P; Huang, J S; Duò, L; Finazzi, M; Hecht, B

    2009-06-26

    We propose a novel cross resonant optical antenna consisting of two perpendicular nanosized gold dipole antennas with a common feed gap. We demonstrate that the cross antenna is able to convert propagating fields of any polarization state into correspondingly polarized, localized, and enhanced fields and vice versa. The cross antenna structure therefore opens the road towards the control of light-matter interactions based on polarized light as well as the analysis of polarized fields on the nanometer scale.

  3. Cross Resonant Optical Antenna

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    Biagioni, P.; Huang, J. S.; Duò, L.; Finazzi, M.; Hecht, B.

    2009-06-01

    We propose a novel cross resonant optical antenna consisting of two perpendicular nanosized gold dipole antennas with a common feed gap. We demonstrate that the cross antenna is able to convert propagating fields of any polarization state into correspondingly polarized, localized, and enhanced fields and vice versa. The cross antenna structure therefore opens the road towards the control of light-matter interactions based on polarized light as well as the analysis of polarized fields on the nanometer scale.

  4. APPLICATION OF QUATERNIONS FOR REFLECTOR PARAMETER

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    I. A. Konyakhin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Subject of Research. The paper deals with application of quaternions for optimization of reflector parameters at autocollimation measurements in comparison with a matrix method. Computer-based results on the quaternionic models are presented that have given the possibility to determine conditions of measurement error reduction in view of apriori information on the rotation axis position. The practical synthesis technique for tetrahedron reflector parameters using found ratios is considered. Method. Originally, received conditions for reduction of autocollimation system measurement error are determined with the use of a matrix method for definition of an angular object position as a set of three equivalent consecutive turns about coordinate axes. At realization of these conditions the numerous recalculation of orientation parameters between various systems of coordinates is necessary that increases complexity and reduces resulting accuracy of autocollimation system at practical measurements. The method of quaternions gives the possibility to analyze the change of an absolute angular position in space, thus, there are conditions of accuracy increase regardless of the used systems of coordinates. Main Results. Researches on the mathematical model have shown, that the orthogonal arrangement of two basic constant directions for autocollimator tetrahedron reflector is optimal with respect to criterion of measurement error reduction at bisection arrangement of actual turn axis against them. Practical Relevance. On the basis of the found ratios between tetrahedron reflector angles and angles of its initial orientation parameters we have developed a practical method of reflector synthesis for autocollimation measurements in case of apriori information on an actual turn axis at monitoring measurements of the shaft or pipelines deformations.

  5. HF Radio Astronomy from a Small Satellite

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    2016-06-15

    antenna as shown in Figure 4. Dual mode loop-dipole elements are described in [25,29,30]. The 10 MHz radiation patterns of the six modes are shown in... telemetry , GPS, and vector antenna modules. Robey 14 30th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites Alexander Morris. Thanks to Sara Klein for

  6. FORTE antenna element and release mechanism design

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    Rohweller, D.J. [Astro Aerospace Corp., Carpinteria, CA (United States); Butler, T.Af. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1995-02-01

    The Fast On-Orbit Recording of Transient Events (FORTE) satellite being built by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has as its most prominent feature a large deployable (11 m by 5 m) log periodic antenna to monitor emissions from electrical storms on the Earth. This paper describes the antenna and the design for the long elements and explains the dynamics of their deployment and the damping system employed. It also describes the unique paraffin-actuated reusable tie-down and release mechanism employed in the system.

  7. Coherently combining antennas

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    Dybdal, Robert B. (Inventor); Curry, Samuel J. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    An apparatus includes antenna elements configured to receive a signal including pseudo-random code, and electronics configured to use the pseudo-random code to determine time delays of signals incident upon the antenna elements and to compensate the signals to coherently combine the antenna elements.

  8. The research of high-directive anisotropic magnetic metamaterial antenna loaded with frequency-selective surface

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    Sun Yong-Zhi; Ran Li-Xin; Peng Liang; Wang Wei-Guang; Li Ting; Zhao Xu; Chen Qiu-Lin

    2009-01-01

    This paper uses a Computer Simulation Technology microwave studio to simulate the performance of a new highdirectivity anisotropic magnetic metamaterial antenna loaded with a frequency-selective surface. Frequency-selective surface with cross-dipole element has a great effect on the directivity, radiation pattern, and gain of such an antenna. The experimental results show that frequency-selective surface (FSS) significantly improve the radiation performance of anisotropic magnetic metamaterial antenna. For example, as a single anisotropic magnetic metamaterial antenna, half power beam width is 4 degrees in the H planes, and the gain of this antenna is 19.5dBi at 10GHz, achieving a 2.1 degree increment in half power beam width, and a 7.3dB gain increment by loading with the FSS reflector. The simulating results are consistent with our experimental results.

  9. Plan of advanced satellite communication experiments using ETS-6

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    Ikegami, Tetsushi

    1989-01-01

    In 1992, an Engineering Test Satellite 6 is scheduled to be launched by an H-2 rocket. The missions of ETS-6 are to establish basic technologies of inter-satellite communications using S-band, millimeter waves and optical beams and of fixed and mobile satellite communications using multibeam antenna on board the satellite. A plan of the experiments is introduced.

  10. Two-step Structural Design of Mesh Antennas for High Beam Pointing Accuracy

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    Zhang, Shuxin; Du, Jingli; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Xinghua; Zong, Yali

    2017-05-01

    A well-designed reflector surface with high beam pointing accuracy in electromagnetic performance is of practical significance to the space application of cable mesh reflector antennas. As for space requirements, circular polarizations are widely used in spaceborne antennas, which usually lead to a beam shift for offset reflectors and influence the beam pointing accuracy. A two-step structural design procedure is proposed to overcome the beam squint phenomenon for high beam pointing accuracy design of circularly polarized offset cable mesh reflectors. A simple structural optimal design and an integrated structural electromagnetic optimization are combined to alleviate the beam squint effect of circular polarizations. It is implemented by cable pretension design and adjustment to shape the offset cable mesh surface. Besides, in order to increase the efficiency of integrated optimization, an update Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (BFGS) Hessian matrix is employed in the optimization iteration with sequential quadratic programming. A circularly polarized offset cable mesh reflector is utilized to show the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed procedure. A high beam pointing accuracy in order of 0.0001º of electromagnetic performance is achieved.

  11. Silicon reflectors for external cavity lasers based on ring resonators

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    Wang, Chao; Li, Xia; Jin, Hao; Yu, Hui; Yang, Jianyi; Jiang, Xiaoqing

    2017-01-01

    We propose and experimentally investigate types of silicon ring reflectors on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) platform. These reflectors are used for realizing the silicon hybrid external cavity lasers. A suspended edge coupler is used to connect the reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) chip and the reflectors. The properties of the reflectors and the hybrid external cavity lasers with these reflectors are illustrated. The experimental results show that all of those reflectors have a high reflectivity and the highest reflectivity can up to be 95%. The lowest insertion loss can be as low as 0.4 dB. The output power of the hybrid external cavity lasers with these reflectors can reach mW magnitude and the highest output power is 6.1 mW. Over 30 dB side mode suppression ratio is obtained.

  12. The Omninet mobile satellite system

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    Salmasi, A.; Curry, W.

    Mobile Satellite System (MSS) design offering relatively low cost voice, data, and position location services to nonmetropolitan areas of North America is proposed. The system provides spectrally efficient multiple access and modulation techniques, and flexible user interconnection to public and private switched networks. Separate UHF and L-band satellites employing two 9.1 m unfurlable antennas each, achieve a 6048 channel capacity and utilize spot beams. Mobile terminals have modular design and employ 5 dBi omnidirectional antennas. Gateway stations (with two 5 m Ku-band antennas) and base stations (with a single 1.8 m Ku-band antenna) transmit terrestrial traffic to the satellite, where traffic is then transponded via an L-band or UHF downlink to mobile users. The Network Management Center uses two 5-m antennas and incorporates the Integrated-Adaptive Mobile Access Protocol to assure demand assignment of satellite capacity. Preliminary implementation of this low-risk system involves a mobile alphanumeric data service employing receive-only terminals at Ku-band projected for 1987, and plans for the launching of L-band receive-only packages as early as 1988.

  13. Mechanical behaviour of tape springs used in the deployment of reflectors around a solar panel

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    Dewalque, Florence; Collette, Jean-Paul; Brüls, Olivier

    2016-06-01

    In order to increase the production of power on small satellites, solar panels are commonly deployed and, in some cases, reflectors are added to improve the concentration factor on solar cells. In this work, reflectors are deployed by the means of compliant mechanisms known as tape springs. Their attractive characteristics are, among others, their passive behaviour, their self-locking capacity, their elastic deformations and their robustness. However, their mechanical behaviour is highly nonlinear and requires thorough analyses in order to develop predictive numerical models. It is shown here through parametric studies that the nonlinear behaviour of a tape spring is mainly governed by its geometry. Thus, for each specific application, its dimensions can be determined in order to minimise two critical features: the maximum stress affecting the structure and the maximum motion amplitude during deployment. In this paper, an optimisation procedure is proposed to meet these requirements.

  14. Inflatable Antenna for CubeSat: Extension of the Previously Developed S-Band Design to the X-Band

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    Babuscia, Alessandra; Choi, Thomas; Cheung, Kar-Ming; Thangavelautham, Jekan; Ravichandran, Mithun; Chandra, Aman

    2015-01-01

    The inflatable antenna for CubeSat is a 1 meter antenna reflector designed with one side reflective Mylar, another side clear Mylar with a patch antenna at the focus. The development of this technology responds to the increasing need for more capable communication systems to allow CubeSats to operate autonomously in interplanetary missions. An initial version of the antenna for the S-Band was developed and tested in both anechoic chamber and vacuum chamber. Recent developments in transceivers and amplifiers for CubeSat at X-band motivated the extension from the S-Band to the X-Band. This paper describes the process of extending the design of the antenna to the X-Band focusing on patch antenna redesign, new manufacturing challenges and initial results of experimental tests.

  15. Pattern Switchable Antenna System Using Inkjet-Printed Directional Bow-Tie for Bi-Direction Sensing Applications

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    Seung-Hyun Eom

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a paper-based pattern switchable antenna system using inkjet-printing technology for bi-direction sensor applications. The proposed antenna system is composed of two directional bow-tie antennas and a switching network. The switching network consists of a single-pole-double-throw (SPDT switch and a balun element. A double-sided parallel-strip line (DSPSL is employed to convert the unbalanced microstrip mode to the balanced strip mode. Two directional bow-tie antennas have different radiation patterns because of the different orientation of the reflectors and antennas. It is demonstrated from electromagnetic (EM simulation and measurement that the radiation patterns of the proposed antenna are successfully switched by the SPDT switch.

  16. Ellisoidal reflector for measuring otoacoustic emissions

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    Epp, Bastian; Heiskanen, Vesa; Pulkki, Ville Topias

    2016-01-01

    Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are low-intensity sounds present in the ear canal, generated by mechanical processing in the cochlear in the inner ear. OAEs provide a noninvasive technique to sense the mechanical processing of sound in the inner ear. These signals are commonly measured by placing......, and especially SOAE at these low frequencies. In addition, blocking of the ear canal changes the impedance of the middle ear, potentially changing the transmission of acoustical energy from the inner ear to the ear canal, hampering the interpretation of the data in terms of normal listening conditions with open...... ear canal. This study presents the design and evaluation of a truncated prolate ellipsoidal reflector in combination with a large-diaphragm low-noise microphone to measure OAEs in the open ear canal of human listeners. The reflector was designed to gain information about BM processing at low...

  17. Terahertz antenna technology for space applications

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    Choudhury, Balamati; Jha, Rakesh Mohan

    2016-01-01

    This book explores the terahertz antenna technology towards implementation of compact, consistent and cheap terahertz sources, as well as the high sensitivity terahertz detectors. The terahertz EM band provides a transition between the electronic and the photonic regions thus adopting important characteristics from these regimes. These characteristics, along with the progress in semiconductor technology, have enabled researchers to exploit hitherto unexplored domains including satellite communication, bio-medical imaging, and security systems. The advances in new materials and nanostructures such as graphene will be helpful in miniaturization of antenna technology while simultaneously maintaining the desired output levels. Terahertz antenna characterization of bandwidth, impedance, polarization, etc. has not yet been methodically structured and it continues to be a major research challenge. This book addresses these issues besides including the advances of terahertz technology in space applications worldwide,...

  18. Precise Orbit Determination for LEO Spacecraft Using GNSS Tracking Data from Multiple Antennas

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    Kuang, Da; Bertiger, William; Desai, Shailen; Haines, Bruce

    2010-01-01

    To support various applications, certain Earth-orbiting spacecrafts (e.g., SRTM, COSMIC) use multiple GNSS antennas to provide tracking data for precise orbit determination (POD). POD using GNSS tracking data from multiple antennas poses some special technical issues compared to the typical single-antenna approach. In this paper, we investigate some of these issues using both real and simulated data. Recommendations are provided for POD with multiple GNSS antennas and for antenna configuration design. The observability of satellite position with multiple antennas data is compared against single antenna case. The impact of differential clock (line biases) and line-of-sight (up, along-track, and cross-track) on kinematic and reduced-dynamic POD is evaluated. The accuracy of monitoring the stability of the spacecraft structure by simultaneously performing POD of the spacecraft and relative positioning of the multiple antennas is also investigated.

  19. Taiwanese antennas for the Sub-Millimeter Array: a progress report

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    Raffin, Phillippe A.; Liu, Ching-Tang; Cervera, Mathieu; Chang, Chi-Ling; Chen, Ming-Tang; Lee, Cheng-Ching; Lee, Typhoon; Lo, Kwok-Yung; Ma, Rwei-Ping; Martin, Robert N.; Martin-Cocher, Pierre; Ong, Ching-Long; Park, Yong-Sun; Tsai, Rong-Den; Wu, Enboa; Yang, Shun-Cheng; Yang, Tien-Szu

    2000-07-01

    The Academia Sinica, Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) is building two antennas to be added to the six antennas of the Sub-Millimeter Array (SMA) of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). The antennas have been designed at SAO and are currently under construction at Mauna Kea. ASIAA's two antennas are made in Taiwan from parts manufactured locally and imported from Europe and from the USA. This report will focus on the manufacturing and testing of 2 major components: the alidade and the reflector. We will emphasize the work done on the composite parts used in the 6- meter reflectors, namely the carbon fiber tubes for the backup structure, the carbon fiber legs of the quadrupod and the composite central hub. We will discuss the modal testing and pointing tests of the antennas. Finally this report will show how the Taiwanese industry was able to respond to the high manufacturing standards required to build sub-millimeter antennas. The design and manufacturing capabilities of the Aeronautical Research Laboratories and China Shipbuilding Corporation have made possible the construction of the telescopes in Taiwan.

  20. An Efficient Beam Steerable Antenna Array Concept for Airborne Applications

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    H. Aliakbarian

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Deployment of a satellite borne, steerable antenna array with higher directivity and gain in Low Earth Orbit makes sense to reduce ground station complexity and cost, while still maintaining a reasonable link budget. The implementation comprises a digitally beam steerable phased array antenna integrated with a complete system, comprising the antenna, hosting platform, ground station, and aircraft based satellite emulator to facilitate convenient aircraft based testing of the antenna array and ground-space communication link. This paper describes the design, development and initial successful interim testing of the various subsystems. A two element prototype used in this increases the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR by 3 dB which is corresponding to more than 10 times better bit error rate (BER.