Advanced CubeSat Antennas for Deep Space and Earth Science Missions: A review

Nacer Chahat, Emmanuel Decrossas, David Gonzalez-Ovejero, Okan Yurduseven, Matthew Radway, Richard Hodges, Polly Estabrook, John Baker, David Bell, Tom Cwik, Goutam Chattopadhyay

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Small satellites (smallsats) provide low-cost access to space and have historically been used for flight technology demonstrations and limited-function space science activities. Novel antenna technologies have enabled high-performance smallsat telecommunications, science in Earth orbit, and the first CubeSat mission to deep space. In the past five years, technologists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have designed, tested, and successfully flown these innovative and enabling smallsat antennas. This article describes these innovations and their impact on smallsat performance for recent and future NASA missions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37 - 46
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 09 Sep 2019


  • Antennas
  • Microwave
  • Millimeter Wave
  • Space exploration
  • Space


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