Highly Stable Lightweight Antennas for Ka/Q/V-Band and Other Advanced Telecom Structure Concepts

Conference: EuCAP 2009 - 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
03/23/2009 - 03/27/2009 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Pfeiffer, Ernst K.; Ernst, Thomas; Ihle, Alexander (HPS GmbH, Christian-Pommer-Str. 34, 38112 Braunschweig, Germany)

More and more future satellites are using higher frequency bands such as Ka-Band up to Q/V-Band. These antennas require very high in-orbit thermo-mechanical stiffness, having in parallel a very low mass and a good RF-reflectivity. Recent developments at HPS aimed for a 1.2m Q/V-Band reflector with a weight of 3.0 kg only, a Dual Gridded Reflector for Ku/Ka-Band (1.2m diameter, 3.4 kg only), and a Dual Reflector antenna structure (0.7m main reflector, 4.0 kg only) for Ka-Band up to Q/V-Band. Supporting emerging structural elements will also be highlighted: RF-invisible struts, new grounding concepts for composite sandwich panels, porous facesheet material like Triax, CFRP honeycomb cores, or advanced modeling techniques for supporting the design phase.