Antenna system design for olfar's inter-satellite link

T. Willink-Castro, A. Budianu, Arjan Meijerink, Marinus Jan Bentum

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    Initiatives to perform space-based radio astronomy below 30 MHz have emerged recently, since novel technological developments have increased their feasibility. The Orbiting Low-Frequency Array for Radio Astronomy (OLFAR) project, one of these initiatives, aims to use a swarm of nano-satellites to implement an interferometric array in space. For its astronomical tasks, OLFAR requires that each satellite is able to establish a high-data-rate radio link with any other. We propose a design of the antenna system for these links, in which we present a design approach and describe an antenna configuration, a control strategy and individual antenna characteristics that satisfy OLFAR’s requirements.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC2012)
    Place of PublicationParis, France
    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)1995-6258
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2012
    Event63rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2012 - Mostra d'Oltremare, Naples, Italy
    Duration: 1 Oct 20125 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 63

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    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    ISSN (Print)1995-6258


    Conference63rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2012
    Abbreviated titleIAC


    • IR-81940
    • EWI-22351
    • METIS-289727

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