Radiation properties of moving constellations of (nano) satellites: A complexity study

Wessel P. Bruinsma, Robin P. Hes, Sjoerd Bosma, Ioan E. Lager, Mark J. Bentum

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The (computational) complexity involved by beamforming in moving constellations of (nano) satellites is investigated by means of illustrative numerical experiments. While the number of radiators in such three-dimensional (3D) array antennas is not large, evaluating their radiation patterns entails challenging computational intricacies in view of the satellites being in motion and each satellite performing general 3D rotations. As a result, the relevant array radiation patterns become time-dependent, the elementary radiation patterns being themselves time-dependent. The discussed experiments will illustrate the time evolution of the radiation pattern for given individual satellite orbits and rotation laws. At the same time, they will provide a basis for estimating the computational complexity involved by predicting the complete beamforming in future space-bound remote sensing missions using constellations of (nano) satellites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2016
EditorsMichael Mattes
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic) 978-8-8907-0186-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEuCAP 2016: 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation - Davos, Switzerland
Duration: 10 Apr 201615 Apr 2016


ConferenceEuCAP 2016


  • Satellites
  • Antenna radiation patterns
  • Array signal processing
  • Three-dimensional displays
  • Satellite broadcasting
  • Antenna arrays
  • Satellite antennas


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