Development of the sandra antenna for airborne satellite communication


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Verpoorte, J. and Schippers, H. and Jorna, P. and Hulzinga, A. and Roeloffzen, C.G.H. and Marpaung, D.A.I. and Sanadgol, B. and Baggen, R. and Wang, Qin and Noharet, B. and Beeker, W. and Leinse, A. and Heideman, R.G. (2011) Development of the sandra antenna for airborne satellite communication. In: IEEE Aerospace Conference 2011, 5-12 March 2011, Big Sky, USA (pp. pp. 1-15).

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Abstract:Novel avionics communication systems are required for increasing flight safety and operational integrity, for optimizing economy of operations and for enhancing passenger services. One of the key technologies to be developed is an antenna system that will provide broadband connectivity within aircraft cabins at an affordable price. This paper describes the development of an electronically steered Ku-band phased array antenna with low aerodynamic profile. The antenna front-end consists of at least 1800 antenna elements, of which the beam has to be steered continuously to geostationary satellites. Best performance for the beam steering is expected from a hybrid architecture with small sub-apertures having their local own beamformers (using phase shifters). The beamformer to steer the sub-apertures of the entire antenna uses True Time Delays with an optical ring resonator.
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Copyright:© 2011 IEEE
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/76408
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2011.5747324
Conference URL:http://www.aeroconf.org/
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