A Multi Frequency Deployable Antenna System for Delfi-PQ

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This paper presents the design of a multi-frequency deployable antenna system for femto-satellites as part of the Delfi-PQ project, a PocketQube with a size of 50x50x178 mm which is being developed by the Delft University of Technology. This new form factor brings its own challenges on every subsystem and it is seen as a stepping stone towards even more miniaturised satellites. In this paper we present the design trade-offs, the analysis and the and measurements on the antenna system. The system is designed to operate in 4 different bands to guarantee communications and payload operations. Due to the very limited available space on the external faces of the spacecraft, it was decided to deploy all the antennas and multiplex the different bands on the available antenna elements. VHF and UHF are used for satellite telemetry and commanding while a dual-frequency GPS receiver is intended as payload. The satellite design is presented, together with design drivers for such a system to justify the design choices. Three RF configurations are analysed and compared for omni-directional coverage and peak gain. RF measurements on one of the configurations is also presented to validate the simulations. The deployment system is also presented, giving details on the design and expected tests to complete the qualifications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, Fukui (Japan), June 15th-21st, 2019
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Symposium on Space Technology and Science - Tsukuba, Fukui, Japan
Duration: 15 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Space Technology and Science
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  • PocketQube
  • Delfi-PQ
  • AIT
  • launch loads

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