This paper presents a stacked patch antenna optimized to operate over the down-and uplink Ka-band for Deep Space applications. The design of the antenna is performed with a numerical optimization, to control the bandwidth and the impedance matching. A bandwidth of 5.53@33.185 GHz has been obtained, with a gain around 8 dB. On this design, a multiphysics thermal and mechanical analysis is performed to verify the operational stability of the optimized antenna, mounted on a 1U CubeSat satellite. The analysis verified that the antenna temperature patterns can affect the antenna matching, but it still allows correct operation in the [-100° C,100° C] temperature range. Moreover, the stress analysis reports a level of mechanical deformation which does not compromise the use and functioning of the proposed stacked geometry in a Low Earth Orbit space mission.

A Deep Space Ka-band Antenna for CubeSat: Design and Multiphysics Analysis

Simone M.;Pavone S. C.;
2022-01-01

Abstract

This paper presents a stacked patch antenna optimized to operate over the down-and uplink Ka-band for Deep Space applications. The design of the antenna is performed with a numerical optimization, to control the bandwidth and the impedance matching. A bandwidth of 5.53@33.185 GHz has been obtained, with a gain around 8 dB. On this design, a multiphysics thermal and mechanical analysis is performed to verify the operational stability of the optimized antenna, mounted on a 1U CubeSat satellite. The analysis verified that the antenna temperature patterns can affect the antenna matching, but it still allows correct operation in the [-100° C,100° C] temperature range. Moreover, the stress analysis reports a level of mechanical deformation which does not compromise the use and functioning of the proposed stacked geometry in a Low Earth Orbit space mission.
2022
Broadband antennas
CubeSat
Ka-band
Multiphysics analysis
Particle Swarm Optimiztion
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