Authors' Class Standing

Junior

Lead Presenter

Dadija Bliudzius

Faculty Mentor Name

Gary Yale

Format Preference

Demonstration

Abstract

This project focused on researching and developing a circularly polarized antenna for use on a CubeSat. The current satellite design requires the antenna to transmit and receive at 436MHz and the body area is to be less than 10 square centimeters. The design process began by improving basic understanding of antennas, electrical engineering terminology, and technology. To build experience in antenna design, a basic dipole was built for communication on a payload flown on a high-altitude balloon. The current task is to create a circularly polarized antenna on a PCB that phase-shifts using precise microstrip lengths and power splitters. Each monopole of the antenna will then be attached to a network analyzer to analyze the phasing at each port. Once testing is completed, the antenna system will begin integration with the communication system and from there will assimilate with the rest of the structure.

Location

AC1-107 (Bldg. 74)

Start Date

4-4-2014 1:10 PM

End Date

4-4-2014 1:25 PM

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Apr 4th, 1:10 PM Apr 4th, 1:25 PM

Designing a Circularly Polarized Antenna for an EagleSat Satellite

AC1-107 (Bldg. 74)

This project focused on researching and developing a circularly polarized antenna for use on a CubeSat. The current satellite design requires the antenna to transmit and receive at 436MHz and the body area is to be less than 10 square centimeters. The design process began by improving basic understanding of antennas, electrical engineering terminology, and technology. To build experience in antenna design, a basic dipole was built for communication on a payload flown on a high-altitude balloon. The current task is to create a circularly polarized antenna on a PCB that phase-shifts using precise microstrip lengths and power splitters. Each monopole of the antenna will then be attached to a network analyzer to analyze the phasing at each port. Once testing is completed, the antenna system will begin integration with the communication system and from there will assimilate with the rest of the structure.