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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Space is an increasingly important domain for the UK as has been highlighted in the Integrated Review and the importance endorsed by publication of the UK Space Strategy. The Space sector is also changing rapidly with much more activity in the sector focusing on smaller platforms (CubeSats) that are cheaper to develop and launch through innovations such as rideshare arrangements. Although the CubeSat platform and associated electronic systems have developed rapidly and have been to a large extent commoditized one area that has not seen the same level of progress is CubeSat antenna technology.
User requirements often call for high gain, wide bandwidth and directionality but these are difficult to achieve when the host platform is relatively small and constrained, this is especially true in the <1GHz region, where the antenna size/weight is appreciable compared to the spacecraft platform itself. Similarly launch requirements often mean that the antenna must be stowed and compacted to fit into the available volume.
This research topic is to progress the state of the art of satellite antennas for small CubeSat applications. The goals will be to maximize gain and bandwidth by advanced materials and/or novel mechanical geometries. It is acknowledged that it is unlikely a single configuration will cover a very broad frequency range therefore the research topic may wish to focus on one or more of the sub frequency bands 100MHz to 1GHz, 1GHz to 3GHz, 3GHz to 6GHz, 6GHz to 18GHz where it is accepted that the potential solution may be different for each sub band.
Assumptions that can be made:
The following potential approaches are suggested (but should not be taken as prerequisites or constraints):
Key Words: Space Strategy, Electronic Systems, Satellite Antennas, Mechanical Geometries, Frequency Ranges