For enhanced communication on board aircraft, novel antenna systems with broadband satellite-based capabilities are required. The technology will enhance airline operations by providing in-flight connectivity for flight crew information and will bring live TV and high-speed Internet connectivity to passengers. The installation of such systems on board aircraft requires for aerodynamic reasons the development a very low-profile aircraft antenna, which can point to satellites anywhere in the upper hemisphere. Major keystones for the success of steerable low-profile antennas are multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) with an array of broadband antenna elements, and compact micro-wave systems with appropriate beam steering capabilities. The present paper describes the development of a prototype 8times1 optical beam forming network using cascades of optical ring resonators as part of a breadboard Ku-band phased array antenna.
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society Press|
|Conference||2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference|
|Period||7/03/09 → 14/03/09|