Inflatable antenna for cubesat: Extension of the previously developed s-band design to the X-band

Alessandra Babuscia, Thomas Choi, Kar Ming Cheung, Jekan Thangavelautham, Mithun Ravichandran, Aman Chandra

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The inflatable antenna for CubeSat is a 1 meter antenna reflector designed with one side reflective Mylar, another side clear Mylar with a patch antenna at the focus. The development of this technology responds to the increasing need for more capable communication systems to allow CubeSats to operate autonomously in interplanetary missions. An initial version of the antenna for the S-Band was developed and tested in both anechoic chamber and vacuum chamber. Recent developments in transceivers and amplifiers for CubeSat at X-band motivated the extension from the S-Band to the X-Band. This paper describes the process of extending the design of the antenna to the X-Band focusing on patch antenna redesign, new manufacturing challenges and initial results of experimental tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103346
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition, 2015 - Pasadena, United States
Duration: Aug 31 2015Sep 2 2015


OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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