SKA antenna systems; outlook for non-astronomy applications

A. van Ardenne, Marinus Jan Bentum, A.J. Boonstra

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    Abstract

    The globally endorsed Square Kilometre Array project primarily aims to advance high sensitivity radio astronomy using a distributed collection of radio telescope stations spiraling outward from the core along three to five arms out to 3000km. This planned highly sensitive instrument covering a frequency range from 70MHz up to 10GHz will be used as wideband, high resolution, wide observing field interferometer of which the first phase will be realized this decade. With these SKA telescope capabilities and with the underlying technologies, there are many space related applications outside the immediate radio astronomy domain especially in the ground segment area. Examples are tracking space debris, precision orbit determination, simultaneous deep space tracking of multiple spacecrafts, GNSS and for other ground segment applications such as search and rescue tracking. After a brief introduction to the SKA, this paper will explore these potential application areas using the SKA based on its underlying approaches in the antenna and receiving subsystems.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication33rd ESA Antenna Workshop on Challenges for Space Antenna Systems
    Place of PublicationNoordwijk
    PublisherEuropean Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
    Pages1-5
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)not assigned
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2011
    Event33rd ESA Antenna Workshop on Challenges for Space Antenna Systems 2011 - Noordwijk, Netherlands
    Duration: 18 Oct 201121 Oct 2011
    Conference number: 33

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherEuropean Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)

    Conference

    Conference33rd ESA Antenna Workshop on Challenges for Space Antenna Systems 2011
    CountryNetherlands
    CityNoordwijk
    Period18/10/1121/10/11

    Keywords

    • METIS-281645
    • EWI-21006
    • IR-78986

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