Easy-to-Deploy LC-Loaded Dipole and Monopole Antennas for Cubesat

TitleEasy-to-Deploy LC-Loaded Dipole and Monopole Antennas for Cubesat
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSchraml, K, Narbudowicz, A, Chalermwisutkul, S, Heberling, D, Ammann, MJ
Conference NameEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation - EuCAP
Conference Start Date19/03/17
Conference LocationParis, France

This paper proposes a new approach to reduce weight and complexity of VHF/UHF cubesat antennas by utilizing a dual band antenna, rather than standard two-antenna system routinely implemented in cubesats. Three systems are compared: A standard system with separate transmit/receive dipoles, a dual-band dipole for both transmit and receive and a dual-band monopole, which uses the body of 1U cubesat (10 × 10 × 10cm) as a “groundplane”. Additionally it is demonstrated that with appropriate feed the dipole might be used in monopole configuration in case of deployment system malfunction.