A Review of Antennas for Pico-Satellite Applications

Abdul Halim Lokman, Ping Jack Soh, Saidatul Norlyana Azemi, Herwansyah Lago, Symon Podilchak, Suramate Chalermwisutkul, Mohd Faizal Jamlos, Azremi Abdullah Al-Hadi, Prayoot Akkaraekthalin, Steven Gao

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Cube Satellite (CubeSat) technology is an attractive emerging alternative to conventional satellites in radio astronomy, earth observation, weather forecasting, space research, and communications. Its size, however, poses a more challenging restriction on the circuitry and components as they are expected to be closely spaced and very power efficient. One of the main components that will require careful design for CubeSats is their antennas, as they are needed to be lightweight, small in size, and compact or deployable for larger antennas. This paper presents a review of antennas suitable for picosatellite applications. An overview of the applications of picosatellites will first be explained, prior to a discussion on their antenna requirements. Material and antenna topologies which have been used will be subsequently discussed prior to the presentation of several deployable configurations. Finally, a perspective and future research work on CubeSat antennas will be discussed in the conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4940656
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


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