Increasing the TRL of an L band Retrodirective array for Type Approved SATCOM applications

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Abstract

Retrodirective, self-steering, antennas have the advantage of being able to automatically return a signal back in the direction along from which it originated. The tracking is real time and is carried out in the analogue domain which results in simple circuits which can be accommodated, planar-form, behind the antenna elements. The main objective of this paper is to detail the continuation of the work on L band retrodirective antennas which has the ambition of increasing the TRL such that a minimal viable product can be produced, suitable for type approval as an L band SATCOM user terminal. The focus will be the technical challenges that have arisen as the retrodirective antenna is moved up the TRL chain. Some of these aspects include the ability to track very weak modulated signals (S/N tending to 0dB), TX/RX filter and duplexer specifications, PA and LNA considerations. The resultant retrodirective architecture will be compared against typical specifications of L band satellite ground terminals, showing that the retrodirective antenna offers a simple and effective real time tracking antenna architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 06 Oct 2015
Event36th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antennas and RF Systems for Space Science - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 06 Oct 201509 Oct 2015

Conference

Conference36th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antennas and RF Systems for Space Science
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period06/10/201509/10/2015

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