Dual-frequency phased array antennas with optical beamforming for airborne satellite communication


Schippers, H. and Verpoorte, J. and Jorna, P. and Hulzinga, A. and Meijerink, A. and Roeloffzen, C.G.H. and Zhuang, L. and Marpaung, D.A.I. and Etten, W.C. van and Heideman, R.G. and Leinse, A. and Borreman, A. and Hoekman, M. and Wintels, M. (2008) Dual-frequency phased array antennas with optical beamforming for airborne satellite communication. In: 30th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antennas for Earth Observation, 27-30 May 2008, Noordwijk, The Netherlands (pp. pp. 419-422).

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Abstract:For enhanced communication on board of aircraft, novel antenna systems with broadband satellite-based capabilities are required. So far existing L-band satellite based systems for communications are used primarily for passenger application (APC) or administrative communications (AAC); initially analogue voice and now data are tending to evolve towards broadband digital applications. Many studies are going on worldwide to employ Ku-band TV geostationary satellites for communication with mobile terminals on aircraft. For a short period broadband internet was available on aircraft via Connexion by Boeing (CBB) services. Lufthansa installed the CBB system on some of their long-haul aircraft. In the EC Sixth Framework Programme ANASTASIA (Airborne New and Advanced Satellite techniques and Technologies in A System Integrated Approach) existing and planned aeronautical SATCOM services, systems and technology have been analysed. It has been concluded that for cockpit services, L-band systems (namely Inmarsat, MTSAT, Iridium and Globalstar) are clearly most suitable, whilst Ku-band systems have appeal for passenger services
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